Archive - Jul 27, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jul 27, 2012 - SCA Article


Not All Long QT Athletes Have to Be Benched

Exercise and sports participation are "manageable risks"

Tailored therapy and close supervision may help keep competitive athletes with long QT syndrome, such as Olympic hopeful Dana Vollmer, in the game, a study has shown.

A thorough diagnostic evaluation, appropriate medication, risk counseling, education, and a defibrillator device at the ready kept rates of potentially fatal arrhythmias low among a cohort of athletes who chose to remain in competitive sports despite a diagnosis of the cardiac electrical disorder, Dr. Jonathan N. Johnson and Dr. Michael J. Ackerman of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote in the July 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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