Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes: Where Do We Stand

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Abstract

We aimed to review the literature to explore the magnitude of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. Although SCD in athletes is not a common event, it represents a tragedy of the apparently fit young population. SCD varies according to countries, age groups, and sex. In addition, it varies in the underlying causes and the screening tool. Therefore, we are in need for further research efforts. Guidelines, public and physician awareness, and education regarding the warning signs are integral part in the strategy to reduce SCD tragedy. However, all these requirements raise concern for cost-effectiveness in some countries for proper implementation.

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