Heart to Heart (NATA News, November 2012)

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“The role of cardiovascular screening in athletics is highly debated today. Preparticipation screening is widely practiced, but universal agreement is lacking. Complex issues remain regarding feasibility, interpretation of false positive results, cost-effectiveness, and physician and health system infrastructure… medical history is necessary and in cases of younger athletes should be completed by the parents or guardians in order to help ensure correct information…

We have utilized both 12-lead ECG and echocardiogram screening with student-athletes at the University of Georgia as part of our preparticipation physical examination since 1995. While our incidence of cardiac abnormalities has been very low, we have discovered abnormalities, including potentially fatal arrhythmias (i.e. Long QT Syndrome). While the argument can be made that cardiac screening may not be a cost-effective screening tool, we have found it to be especially helpful in cardiac screening of student athletes.

It should be emphasized that preparticipation screening will not detect all cardiac abnormalities…”

For the entire article from November’s NATA News, please click below.

Heart to Heart

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