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Sudden Death in Athletes May Sometimes Be Prevented

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  • 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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