Archive - Nov 15, 2017

Archive - Nov 15, 2017

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Screening Programs Are Unlikely to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Competitive Athletes, New Study Suggests

TORONTO, ONTARIO--Screening programs for cardiac conditions are not an effective way to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in competitive sport, and may prevent healthy athletes from participating, a new study suggests.

More than 80 per cent sudden cardiac arrests in competitive sports could not have been predicted by screening programs, according to the study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital identified a total of 3,825 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests among persons aged 12-45 during the six-year study period.

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