Washington: Only about 30 percent of the incidence of cardiovascular sudden death were due to diseases that could be reliably detected by pre-participation screening, even with 12-lead ECGs, a research in a US high school athlete population has revealed.Sudden death in young competitive athletes due to cardiovascular disease is an important community issue, which could impact the design of population-based screening initiatives. The frequency with which these tragic events occur impacts considerations for selecting the most appropriate screening strategy. Currently, athletes are assessed through a healthcare professional performing a physical exam and reviewing the individual`s clinical history."Screening initiatives for high school-aged athletes has the potential to impact 10-15 million young adults in the US," said the study`s lead author, Barry J. Maron, MD, director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis.
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