Author + information
- aKrannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
- bCenter for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Richard J. Kovacs, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1801 North Senate Boulevard, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.
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.
- cardiac arrest
- emergency action plan
- pre-participation screening
- sudden cardiac death
The authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received November 11, 2016.
- Revision received July 18, 2017.
- Accepted July 19, 2017.
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