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Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes: Is Universal ECG Screening Plausible?

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Author(s): Jason Womack

Journal: Asian journal of Sports Medicine
ISSN 2008-000X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Sudden Cardiac Death | Physical Examination | Athletes

ABSTRACT
I would like to commend Dr Farzin Halabchi and colleagues regarding their excellent review article of "Sudden cardiac death in young athletes". The identification of underlying cardiovascular disease is a primary screening objective of physicians who care for athletes.  I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some points made in the article and make some suggestions for future screening and research.      There is a lot of debate regarding the use of electrocardiogram (ECG) as a universal screening tool for cardiac diseases in the preparticipation physical exam (PPE). Italy has employed this and has shown a significant decrease in their athletes' mortality from sudden cardiac death (SCD). ........

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