Archive - Jul 16, 2013

Archive - Jul 16, 2013

Minnesota Study Does Not Support ECG Screening of High School Athletes

A new study finds that the incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes screened every three years with a standard preparticipation evaluation form during Minnesota State High School League activities was 0.24 per 100,000 athlete-years. This incidence is much lower than that observed in studies of Division 1 NCAA and Italian athletes (ages 18-25 and mean age 24 years, respectively).

The authors concluded that these data do not support screening high school athletes with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to lower the risk of SCD, and that the decision to screen athletes with ECG should consider age, training intensity, and genetic predisposition. 

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SOURCE: CardioSource

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