Pre-screening for young athletes at risk of sudden cardiac death

Science Daily featured UBC cardiology research describing a new screening protocol that shows the electrocardiogram (ECG) is the best single screening method for young athletes at risk of cardiac death.

UBC cardiologists found young B.C. athletes are at minimal risk of sudden cardiac death. They also compared their own screening protocol to that recommended by the American Heart Association and and found the ECG is a valuable tool for screening young competitive athletes.

“The ECG is more sensitive in detecting heart muscle problems (cardiomyopathies) and potentially life-threatening electrical disorders such as Wolff-Parkinson-White and long QT syndrome,” said lead researcher James McKinney.

A similar story appeared on Medical Xpress and Metro News.