Call for mandatory ECGs for young athletes

August 12, 2011

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.

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