Episode 253: What are the new guidelines for preventing sudden cardiac death in college athletes?

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2 Responses to Episode 253: What are the new guidelines for preventing sudden cardiac death in college athletes?

  1. ECG screening is problematic, even when interpreted by a sports cardiologists. That is the primary reason we are at a stalemate with the ACC and AHA regarding standards for cardiac testing. By using special criteria to reduce false positives, it reduces the sensitivity and increases the chance for missing some abnormalities. Also, lumping all athletes into one category isn’t prudent either due to different levels of conditioning, ethnicity, etc.

    If we truly want to properly test for heart abnormalities, we need to include the 14 point questionnaire, ECG, and Echocardiograms to provide complete heart screenings.

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