Minneapolis researcher weighs in on NCAA heart deaths study

Dr. Barry Maron, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

[Associated Press, April 04, 2011] The death of a Michigan teenage basketball player has renewed questions about what kind of heart checkup young athletes need to make the team, and a new study may influence that debate.

The recurring debate is over whether to add routine EKGs to young athletes' pre-sports checkups. The goal is to find those at risk because of underlying heart conditions before strenuous exertion triggers trouble.

Mandating EKGs, which can cost $25 to $100, for millions of U.S. high school and college athletes isn't practical, says Dr. Barry Maron of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, who helped develop the AHA guidelines.

Posted on April 05, 2011 in APHeart/CardiovascularNewswires

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