Study: Screening young athletes' hearts could save lives

March 2, 2010 2:03:19 PM PST
Should young athletes be screened for undiagnosed heart problems?

That's the subject of debate that is sure to be fueled by a new study out. It found several of the nearly 100 young US athletes who die suddenly and unexpectedly during sports every year could be saved through more effective screening for heart problems.

The measures, according to one study, would cost less than $100 per athlete.

Critics say, putting all these young, mostly high school and college athletes in hospital exam rooms would overwhelm the system, result in false positive results and possibly spark lawsuits from parents whose children were disqualified from competitions.