CHARLOTTE -- Before athletes at the Charlotte Christian School hit the field this fall, many of them will be returning to campus this summer to get low-cost heart sonograms and EKGs on campus.
“We want to make sure that we provide parents and our medical staffs as much information as possible to provide a great opportunity and a great service to our students,” said the Head of School Barry Giller.
Each year, there are instances of student athletes dying from cardiac abnormalities, including a Scotland County wrestler in 2012. School leaders are hoping the testing being offered this week will help prevent similar tragedies from occurring on their campus.
Former Carolina Panther John Kasay recently signed on as Charlotte Christian's athletic director. The former pro said he knows firsthand about the importance this testing.
“I was involved in a study, a cardiac study, and I had one of these done on me and they found out there's a small anomaly in my heart” said Kasay.
Kasay is also hoping to the testing will be the beginning of an education for Charlotte Christian, teaching them to take good care of their heart health.
“There's 88 to 90 students that are being evaluated. The percentages would say that we may discover something. So, we'd rather be way out ahead of that than being responders to something that is not good” said Kasay.
Typically, the testing that Charlotte Christian's students are receiving can cost more than a thousand dollars when performed by a cardiologist. Ohio-based company mCORE is offering the testing through its mobile heart monitoring units, and charging only $75.
The company's mission is to make heart testing more accessible to all student athletes by drastically reducing its cost.
“Insurance doesn't cover this unless you have a preexisting condition. We now have the equipment to be able to do this affordably. If we do find something, they're referred to their cardiologist and then insurance kicks in,” said Anthony Susi of mCORE.
Charlotte Christian is the first non-Ohio school where mCORE has done its low-cost heart testing. The company hopes to one day expand its testing services to schools nationwide as well as offering free testing to students who can not afford the $75 fee.
To learn more about mCORE visit mCORE's website