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Preparticipation screening of young competitive athletes for cardiovascular disorders.
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PMID:  20424402     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The beneficial effects of regular physical exercise on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are well documented. In rare cases, however, athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities are at increased risk of exercise-related sudden cardiac death (SCD). Paradoxically, most SCDs can be attributed to cardiovascular abnormalities that can be identified during an athlete's life. Such abnormalities can be minimized by several therapeutic strategies, including insertion of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Based on these considerations, the medical and sporting governing bodies recommend preparticipation cardiovascular screening (PPS) in young competitive athletes (aged <or= 35 years) to identify potentially fatal cardiovascular disorders. However, PPS is associated with several controversies related to the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and impact of false-positive results. This article aims to provide a detailed overview of the issues concerning PPS based on current evidence.
Navin Chandra; Michael Papadakis; Sanjay Sharma
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Physician and sportsmedicine     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0091-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Sportsmed     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-28     Completed Date:  2010-09-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0427461     Medline TA:  Phys Sportsmed     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  54-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
St. George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0RE, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiomyopathies / diagnosis
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
Diagnostic Tests, Routine*
Young Adult

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