As SCD awareness on the rise, changes likely in pre-participation screen

Written by admin on April 21, 2013 – 9:49 am -

“Preparticipation screening of endurance athletes has gained interest during the past decade. Its main focus is to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) from unrecognised cardiac pathology, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) in individuals <40 years, and predominantly coronary artery disease in ≥40 years of age.[1–3]

If the results of clinical evaluation or preparticipation screening (including medical history, assessment of symptoms and signs and ECG) of athletes warrant further investigation, non-invasive imaging is typically used to identify the presence of structural heart disease.[4,5] The most frequently used imaging modality is echocardiography, which can accurately assess cardiac function and morphology, while being inexpensive, rapid and widely available."

For more info please see the complete article (from BJSM) posted below:

Head-to-head Comparison Between Echocardiography and Cardiac MRI in the Evaluation of the Athlete’s Heart

Niek H J Prakken, Arco J Teske, Maarten J Cramer, Arend Mosterd, Annieke C Bosker, Willem P Mali, Pieter A Doevendans, Birgitta K Velthuis

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