Navigation Links
Sudden Cardiac Death More Common in Young Athletes Than Thought
Date:4/5/2011

TUESDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden cardiac death kills more young athletes in the United States than previously estimated, according to a new study.

An analysis of news reports, insurance claims and data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) revealed that one in 43,770 NCAA athletes suffer sudden cardiac death each year, said the researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The investigators tracked deaths from 2004 to 2008 and found that there were 273 deaths from all causes, including: 187 deaths (68 percent) from non-medical/traumatic causes; 80 deaths (29 percent) from medical causes; and six deaths (2 percent) from unknown causes.

The deaths from medical causes included 45 athletes (56 percent) who suffered cardiovascular-related sudden death. Of the 36 deaths that occurred during or shortly after physical activity, 27 (75 percent) were related to cardiac causes, according to the study published in the April 4 online issue of the journal Circulation.

The study also found that:

  • Black athletes had a higher rate of sudden cardiac death (one in 17,696) than white athletes (one in 58,653).
  • The risk was higher in males (one in 33,134) than in females (one in 76,646).
  • The highest rate of sudden cardiac death was in basketball (one in 11,394), followed by swimming, lacrosse, football and cross-country track.

About 400,000 students, ages 17 to 23, participate in NCAA sports each year. Sports training and competition can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death in people with underlying heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

The researchers said their findings could influence health screening guidelines for young people in organized sports.

"The American Heart Association regards cardiovascular screening for athletes as an important public health issue, for which there are compelling ethical, legal and medical grounds," Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, president of the American Heart Association, said in a journal news release.

"We strongly encourage student-athletes and other participants in organized competitive sports to be screened with a careful history, including family history, and thorough physical examination. The American Heart Association also believes health care professionals providing the screening should be able to order noninvasive testing when they judge it is needed," Sacco added.

More information

Parent Heart Watch has more about sudden cardiac arrest/death in young people.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Circulation, news release, April 4, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. As girth grows, risk of sudden cardiac death shrinks
2. Minnesota State High School League and Take Heart Minnesota Team Up to Save More Lives From Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
3. Gene Mutation Ups Risk of Sudden Death in People with Epilepsy
4. NJIT professor heads panel studying sudden car acceleration
5. Moderate Alcohol Use Helps Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death: Study
6. Newfoundland researchers crack the genetic code of a sudden death cardiac killer
7. Patients receiving dialysis are at a heightened risk for sudden cardiac death
8. Sudden Infant Deaths Most Common on New Years
9. Victor Chang scientists unlock the gates on sudden cardiac death
10. Researchers identify the genotype of disorders causing cardiac sudden death syndrome
11. Young black athletes with sickle cell trait might be susceptible to sudden death
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sudden Cardiac Death More Common in Young Athletes  Than Thought
(Date:4/30/2016)... ... April 30, 2016 , ... Saturday, April 30, marks World ... on public health. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organization for ... continuing education with a One Health focus, which emphasizes how veterinarians pursue continuing ...
(Date:4/30/2016)... ... ... for all of us, but there are things we can do to improve the odds of ... more and more that there are simple, yet important steps that can be taken to maintain ... Kohli’s recommends for her patients include;, , exercise , ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... Mercy College ... campus. The following programs will be expanding due to high demand: Master of ... The expansion will begin this summer. , School of Business Graduate Program ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that it has received accreditation for ... first accreditation of three residency programs that Memorial is currently pursuing, including Pediatrics ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, ... hospitals across the Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, ... Geoff Duncan (R - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 2016   , ... Recurring Consumable Sales  Clinical sales grow 16% ... (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor of Cellvizio®, the multidisciplinary ... the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 and provided ... its commercial strategy. First Quarter 2016 Revenue ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Tie-up with Government ... to save newborns   Fortis La ... newborns in collaboration with Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit ... Human Milk Bank, ,Amaara, in Delhi-NCR today. This non-profit centre ... for infants and should be available to babies deprived of ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... NEW YORK , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... OASM ), a developer of a new ... today announced positive overall survival results for Paclical/Apealea ... total of 789 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. ... treatment groups: Paclical/Apealea in combination with carboplatin versus ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: