Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Michael S. Emery, Richard J. Kovacs

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Abstract

Sudden cardiac death is a tragedy at any age and under any circumstances but is perhaps most tragic when it claims the life of the athlete, the individual who epitomizes health and a healthy lifestyle. Sports cardiologists from around the world have worked to quantitate the incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the athlete, to identify risk factors, to develop pre-participation screening tools, and to formulate plans to deal with on-field SCD. Progress has been made, but much remains to be done in order to make both competitive and recreational sports safer for both patients with known cardiac disease and athletes without known or suspected cardiac abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalJACC: Heart Failure
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • athlete
  • cardiac arrest
  • electrocardiogram
  • emergency action plan
  • pre-participation screening
  • sudden cardiac death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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