HOUSTON, July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- eCardio Diagnostics (www.ecardio.com) recently awarded a grant to the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in support of the 2012 Heart Of A Champion Day in Charlotte, N.C.
The program, pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System, is in its fifth year and is one of the largest and most comprehensive high school athlete screening programs in the United States. It provides cardiac and general athletic physical screenings to thousands of student athletes from throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system. The value of the screenings is estimated at $1,500 per student, but provided through the program at no charge.
"We're proud to have supported Heart Of A Champion Day for the past two years and honored to be invited to participate again," said Larry Lawson, eCardio's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The work of Carolinas HealthCare System reflects our shared desire to assist physicians in the diagnoses of cardiac issues as early and as thoroughly as possible."
The screenings check for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death and may include an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. Neither heart test is offered during a routine athletic screening. The three main genetic defects that doctors look for during the cardiac screening are Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and Long Q-T Interval Syndrome.
Of the 1,300 screenings completed at the Carolinas Medical Center campus on June 2, 100 students were required to have follow-up care prior to clearance for participation in athletics. Seventy-eight follow-ups were for general medical or orthopedic red flags and 22 were directly related to cardiac concerns.
"We are honored by eCardio's continued generous support and participation in this event. This invaluable free screening program for our area high school athletes could not be provided without the tremendous help from our sponsors and volunteers," said Scott Kerr, Vice President for Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.
One of the day's highlights included a visit from the Carolina Panthers' quarterback, Cam Newton, which can be seen in a video summary of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBTxzoXAZGo&feature=youtu.be
eCardio Diagnostics, LLC (www.ecardio.com), is one of the nation's leading providers of comprehensive and advanced technologies, devices, services and solutions for the diagnosis, monitoring and subsequent clinical management of cardiac arrhythmias, predominantly in an ambulatory setting. eCardio provides leading-edge diagnostic innovations and solutions that optimize the flexibility, speed and accuracy of cardiac arrhythmia diagnoses.
About The Heart Of A Champion Day
The Heart Of A Champion Day (www.heartofachampionday.org) program began as a pilot in 2006, offering 80 screenings to area student-athletes. The program, pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System, now partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to screen more than 1,300 student athletes in a single day, and has grown to include four Saturdays in 2012. The program is directed by Dr. Nicholas Sliz, FACC, Pediatric Cardiologist at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, and Dr. David Price, Associate Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.
SOURCE eCardio Diagnostics