Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

What types of cardiac issues can be identified with the current cardiac screening model?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses the types of cardiac issues that can be identified with the cardiac screening model used for high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


We're trying to pick up a number of things. We're looking for any kind of structural heart disease, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, that may cause heart murmurs or lead to sudden cardiac arrest. That's the biggest thing we're trying to prevent – sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death in athletes. There are a number of different disease entities that can cause that. Some of them are structural; some of them are genetic, like Marfan syndrome, which causes enlargement of the heart. There are other cardiac anomalies with the blood vessels or abnormal electric activity in the heart.

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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