Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

Should cardiac screenings be performed as part of the pre-participation physical in athletics?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses heart screenings for high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

There’s no doubt that there should be a cardiac screen. The debate comes more on what kind of cardiac screen we should be doing. Prior to participating in athletics, everybody should have a physical exam. As part of that exam, what we currently do, and have done for a number of years, is a cardiac screen that involves taking a personal history, a family history and a cardiovascular exam. This exam includes checking cardiac auscultation (heart sounds) and pulses and blood pressure monitoring. The question is whether or not we should be doing EKG screening.  

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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