EKG Screening for Athletes is Heating Up

This topic is HEATING UP…read what some experts are saying in Men’s Journal http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/exercise/should-college-athletes-be-required-to-get-an-ekg-test-20160217

  • Sudden Cardiac Death is the most common medical cause of death of NCAA athletes with the greatest risk being Division 1 basketball players (1 in 5,200) according to research published in Circulation (May 2015)
  • EKGs can detect about 94% of heart conditions in athletes in the asymptomatic phase according to Dr. John Higgins, a sports cardiologist at University of Texas Science Center in Houston, American Journal of Medicine, August 2015.
  • False positives are actually rarer than previously reported- < 6% which is less than with a pap smear according to Dr. Higgins’ commentary in AJM.
  • The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have not yet supported mandatory EKG screening of young adults due to logistics, resource and financial considerations, September 2014.

More to come on this hot topic in the coming months… Until then, if you're not in our screening area, have you considered asking your physician about ordering an EKG test for your child? Share your feedback on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page.  Thanks!