Call for mandatory ECGs for young athletes

August 12, 2011 2:18:30 PM PDT
Young athletes are back on the practice field, and some experts are calling for mandatory screenings to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Dozens of student athletes collapse and die during practice or a game every year.

Researchers at Stanford University suggest electrocardiograms could be used to predict pediatric heart disease, but a recent study found some specialists don't always read the tests correctly.

ECGs can detect heart rhythm abnormalities. The American Heart Association does not recommend mandatory ec-g screening for young athletes for several reasons, one of which is cost.

Instead, the AHA urges athletes to undergo a physical every two years.

ECGs are urged for students with a history of medical issues.