CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Daniel Shaner has been a runner, soccer player and even a self-proclaimed karate kid.
At a young age, Shaner was healthy and able to enjoy sports. But last year the Hopewell High School junior learned he had an undetected heart condition called WPW.
“I was concerned. I didn’t expect it at all,” he recalled.
Shaner was at risk for the number-one killer of young athletes. Heart conditions like WPW are rare, but if not treated, can be deadly.
“We catch some of these things, but a lot of the times, the first time they present themselves is when the person keels over,” said Carolinas HealthCare System physician Dr. David Price.
The stories are shocking: young athletes dying on the court or field without any warning.
Price and his colleagues became concerned about the number of student-athletes with undetected heart conditions. Price, Carolinas HealthCare System, along with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Union, Anson and Chesterfield County Schools, are joining together in May and June to offer free health screenings for rising tenth, eleventh and twelfth-grade student-athletes.
Heart of a Champion Day will offer EKGs for all students, as the test is the only one that can detect some serious heart conditions like sudden cardiac death.
“Go, go. It’s worth it. You don’t know,” urged Shaner’s mother, Sharon.
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