Archive - Feb 23, 2012

Archive - Feb 23, 2012

NATA Releases New Guidelines on Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletes

New guidelines outlining the causes and prevention of sudden death among athletes were released this week by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) in the United States.

"These guidelines were developed for any level of sports participation, and to truly help save a life," NATA President Marjorie Albohm said in an association news release. "It is also critical that a school, team or league's medical professionals have an emergency action plan in place. In the event that an injury occurs, every minute counts when it comes to appropriate care and transport of the athlete."

The Heart Beats to the Rhythm of a Circadian Clock

CLEVELAND - A fundamental discovery reported in the March 1st issue of the journal Nature, uncovers the first molecular evidence linking the body’s natural circadian rhythms to sudden cardiac death (SCD). Ventricular arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms, are the most common cause of sudden cardiac death: the primary cause of death from heart disease. They occur most frequently in the morning waking hours, followed by a smaller peak in the evening hours. While scientists have observed this tendency for many years, prior to this breakthrough, the molecular basis for these daily patterns was unknown.

The discovery will be the first step towards new diagnostic tools and therapies to prevent or treat the occurrence of this fatal event.

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