Archive - Aug 3, 2012

Archive - Aug 3, 2012


Sickle Cell Trait Linked with Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Minneapolis, MN--Researchers say they have definitively confirmed that there is a link between the sickle cell trait and sudden cardiac death in African-American athletes.

While previous research has shown some evidence for the association, Kevin Harris, Tammy Haas, and Barry Maron (Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation) and E. Randy Eichner (University of Oklahoma) say that their study comprises "the first sizeable patient series" to confirm the link.

They found that of 2,642 athlete deaths in the U.S. Sudden Deaths in Athletes Registry, 23 (0.9%) occurred in athletes with the sickle cell trait. This group was aged 12-22 years and 21 (91%) were male. All were African American.

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