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Sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Causes, athlete's heart, and screening guidelines.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11043079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sudden cardiac death of a young competitive athlete is a rare but tragic event. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery anomalies are the most frequent causes. Most cardiovascular abnormalities go unrecognized until the time of death owing to the lack of preceding signs or symptoms suggestive of disease. Physicians responsible for the care of athletes should be familiar with the various causes of sudden cardiac death, the physiologic adaptations seen in so-called athlete's heart, and existing cardiovascular screening guidelines. The preparticipation evaluation, although it has limitations, is the major instrument readily available for prevention of sudden cardiac death. Effort should be made to follow established consensus guidelines.
J A Drezner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medicine     Volume:  108     ISSN:  0032-5481     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-22     Completed Date:  2000-11-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401147     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-44, 47-50     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological
Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic / complications*,  diagnosis,  physiopathology
Coronary Vessel Anomalies / complications*
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology*,  prevention & control
Heart / physiopathology
Physical Examination / methods
Sports* / physiology
Comment In:
Postgrad Med. 2001 Feb;109(2):18   [PMID:  11272691 ]

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