Sudden Death in Athletes May Sometimes Be Prevented
- The major causes of sudden death on the athletic field are concealed, often
very rare, diseases of the heart that are difficult to diagnose.
- A new study shows that athletes who experience chest pains or loss of
consciousness may undergo an echocardiogram to rule out a defect of a coronary
artery, one potential cause of sudden death.
- A family history may be the most useful tool, because most conditions that
cause sudden death are hereditary.
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