In the News: Cardiac Screening for High School Athletes

At last week’s meeting of the American Heart Association, a group of investigators from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine presented their findings about rigorous pre-participation cardiac screening in a small group of high school athletes. Their detailed findings probably won’t appear in a medical journal for a year or more, but this article at summarizes the results.

The screening process included a physical examination, an echocardiogram, and an EKG. Although the authors did not find any life-threatening abnormalities among the 134 athletes studied, they did find significant abnormalities in 36 of the athletes that required further evaluation.

The authors concluded that the addition of an echocardiogram and EKG was important in this population.

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