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Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

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Meagan M. Wasfy ,

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Adolph M. Hutter,

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Rory B. Weiner

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Abstract

There are clear health benefits to exercise; even so, patients with cardiac conditions who engage in exercise and athletic competition may on rare occasion experience sudden cardiac death (SCD). This article reviews the epidemiology and common causes of SCD in specific athlete populations. There is ongoing debate about the optimal mechanism for SCD prevention, specifically regarding the inclusion of the ECG and/or cardiac imaging in routine preparticipation sports evaluation. This controversy and contemporary screening recommendations are also reviewed.

How to Cite: 1. Wasfy MM, Hutter AM, Weiner RB. Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2016;12(2):76-80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-12-2-76
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Published on 01 Apr 2016.
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