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April 8, 2011

posted Jun 9, 2011, 12:53 PM by Pat Shuff

Medical: Sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes confounds - seattletimes.nwsource.com


March Madness is behind us, but the threat of a young athlete's heart stopping is a year-round risk.

The shock of youthful, seemingly healthy athletes collapsing and dying from sudden cardiac arrest naturally makes athletic trainers, coaches, sports physicians and parents want to do all they can to prevent it.

Yet heart specialists and advocates are divided over just what the best prevention might be.

Some sports medicine specialists and the advocacy group Parent Heart Watch are urging that all young athletes going into the heavy training of high school or even junior high school competitive sports undergo cardiac screening as part of a pre-participation physical. They argue that testing should include an electrocardiogram and/or an echocardiogram before the athlete is cleared to play.

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