Dual Heart Tests Best for Young Athletes
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Athletes with abnormalities -- which included 19 with high blood pressure,
29 with slightly elevated blood pressure, and five with low blood pressure
readings -- were referred to their doctors for follow-up.
In some nations, including Italy, federal law mandates screening of young
athletes, he says. "That's probably not going to happen here, but we do need
better programs," he says.
In the meantime, Abraham urges any athlete with abnormal symptoms, no matter
how trivial they seem, to consult their coach or doctor.
"Let someone know how you are feeling, especially if you have had chest
pains, shortness of breath, or have fainted." he says. "This could save your
Michael Sayre, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at Ohio State
University in Columbus, agrees that screening of athletes is important.
But he tells WebMD that he also worries that too much testing could have
"One in four athletes in the study had abnormal test results, but none had
significant problems. There's a risk the tests could identify people who don't
have problems. They may worry unnecessarily or choose not to participate in
sports when they shouldn't," he says.