Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

Do athletes ever mask a condition or not tell their doctor about an issue because they're afraid they won't get playing time?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses the usefulness of the personal medical history in diagnosing cardiac issues for high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Sure. Part of the debate about whether or not the history and physical exam is adequate enough is about whether the athlete is being truthful and honest. We base a lot of what we do and how we proceed in clearing athletes based on what they say is going on. So if they're not being truthful in their responses, or maybe they think it is normal for an athlete to get short of breath, or to get mild chest discomfort with their athletics, they might not say anything. If we don't know about an issue, it can lead to difficulties in diagnosing underlying cardiac diseases.

Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics