Andersen, Lars Juel2; Rasmusen, Hanne1; Madsen, Jan Kyst3; Hansen, Peter Riis3
1 Hjerteafdeling Y, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark2 unknown3 Cardiology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark
Sudden cardiac death in competing athletes is usually caused by unsuspected heart disease, and pre-participation screening may reduce the incidence of this tragic event. Although the cost-effectiveness of screening programs is unclear, international sports associations are currently implementing mandatory screening of elite athletes. During the first year of screening in the top Danish soccer league, all athletes were found to be eligible for continued participation in the game, suggesting that concern about false positive screening results may be exaggerated.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2010, Vol 172, Issue 48, p. 3339-42