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CMS sets sign-ups for student-athlete heart checks

Student-athletes interested in being tested for possible heart-related problems can begin registering online Sunday for the annual Heart of a Champion Day.

Heart of a Champion Day will take place May 31, offering rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders a chance to receive a free sports screening. The screening includes an electrocardiogram that can detect the types of heart problems that have been linked to past sudden deaths of seemingly healthy young athletes.

The May 31 exams, offered by Carolinas HealthCare and CMS, will provide musculoskeletal checks and vision exams. If possible problems are detected with the electrocardiograms, student-athletes also will receive an echocardiogram.

Neither heart test is offered in traditional sports screenings.

More than 1,400 CMS student-athletes were screened last year. Physical problems detected included post-concussion syndrome, high blood pressure, uncontrolled asthma, overuse injuries, heart irregularities and vision problems.

More than 600 doctors, nurses, clinicians and others volunteered their services at last year’s Heart of a Champion Day.

Registration closes when enrollment reaches 2,000 students or at midnight May 25, whichever comes first.

Register at www.carolinashealthcare.org/heart-of-a-champion.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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