Archive - Jun 20, 2016

Archive - Jun 20, 2016

Shared Decision-Making Allows Some Athletes with Heart Condition to Compete

No significant difference between well-treated athletes, non-athletes with genetic condition

WASHINGTON, DC--People with a rare genetic heart condition who are currently disqualified from most sports due to a risk of sudden cardiac death may be able to safely participate in athletics as long as they are well treated and well informed, according to a study published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is often discovered in young athletes following a cardiac event during athletic participation. CPVT causes irregular heartbeats, or ventricular arrhythmias, which can lead to fainting, seizure and sudden cardiac death.

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