- •Inherited diseases are leading causes of sudden death in young athletes whereas coronary artery disease is the most common cause in senior athletes.
- •Screening including the ECG allows identification of athletes affected by asymptomatic heart diseases at risk of sudden death.
- •The use of modern criteria for ECG interpretation offers the potential to improve the screening accuracy by reducing the number of false positives.
- •Screening with exercise testing is likely to be effective in patients only in senior athletes with significant coronary risk factors
- •Automated external defibrillators on the athletic field provides a “back-up” for unpredictable arrhythmic cardiac arrest.
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