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Friday, July 22, 2011

Sudden cardiac death in young athletes

Sports activity is associated with sudden cardiac death in individuals less than 35 years of age. The risk of a young dying suddenly during athletic activity ranges from 1 to 3 deaths per 100,000 persons year. In the USA, soccer contributes almost 6% of total deaths. In another study from Sweden, the majority of sudden deaths in young athletes was in football players. Pre-participation screening is advised to minimize the risk of death.

If you want to learn more on risk factors and screening process I suggest a recent article with free access following the link below

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