In the News: Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes

Saw this article last week at U.S. News & World Report online, entitled “Determining the best way to prevent sudden death in athletes.”

The article summarizes some data about the problem of sudden death in athletes and makes several suggestions for athletes:
1. Get screened for heart problems. See the doctor.
2. Pay attention to your body and any potential warning signs. Get checked out if you have problems with chest pain, shortness of breath, light-headedness (or blacking out)
3. Check to be sure your local gym has an automatic external defibrillator….it could save your life.

All of these are great suggestions.

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