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High Point Regional Health System and Carolina Cardiology Cornerstone Offer Cardiac Screenings to High School Athletes


When:    Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 5:30 pm
Where:    Millis Regional Health Education Center

– On May 29, each student will receive a free review of medical history, general sports screening, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Echocardiogram (ECHO), orthopedic screening (musculoskeletal exam) and a vision exam. Two hundred students are expected to participate in the screening, which is possible through a grant from High Point Community Foundation.

The leading cause of SCD in young athletes is triggered by a hidden heart defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is a genetic abnormality present in approximately one in 500 people. This defect causes the left ventricle of the heart to enlarge, which can trigger fatal heart- rhythm disturbances, particularly during exercise.

“The majority of pre-participation sports screenings in the Unites States do not include these non-invasive heart tests due to high health care costs,” said Dr. Barry Cheek, cardiologist with Carolina Cardiology Cornerstone. “This year we will work with athletes from High Point Central and hope that this program can grow throughout the triad to encompass more athletic programs and save additional lives.”

“This is a great opportunity for our students and our athletic program,” said Mike Cook, Athletic Director of High Point Central High School. “Nothing like this has ever been done to protect the health of our kids, most of which do not have the resources for comprehensive health screenings each year so we are very thankful.”

Each year, more than 10 million teenagers participate in athletics in the United States. Cardiac-related diseases have consistently been attributed as the leading cause of death while playing sports among young American athletes, accounting for more than one-third of fatal cases in the United States. Youth athletes suffer sudden cardiac death (SCD) at a rate two to three times higher than their less-active peers and at least 100 youth athletes per year die from SCD in the United States.

About High Point Regional

As part of a not-for-profit Health System governed by a volunteer, community-based board of trustees, High Point Regional offers a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient care. High Point Regional, the largest piece of the Health System, offers 381 private beds for medical and surgical patients and has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center. In January of 2012, High Point Regional Health System joined together with Duke Medicine in Cancer and Heart Care.

High Point Regional’s mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit www.highpointregional.com.

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