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Screening Athletes for Heart Problems Does More Harm Than Good, Say Experts

April 21, 2016

(The Guardian) – The results, they argue, offer little support for the notion that screening saves lives. In an American study, they report, examining personal and family histories and carrying out a physical examination only raised suspicions of a heart disease in 3% of athletes who went on to die suddenly. The use of ECGs, the authors add, is also flawed and would not identify 25% of those who have a disease that could cause sudden cardiac death. What’s more, for the most common conditions picked up at screening, the majority of people “will never experience any symptoms and lead a normal life if the disease is left undetected,” they write.

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