The debate about ECG screening of athletes to prevent sudden
cardiac death continues.
In March, 2011, two young athletes died. One, a 17 year old
rugby player, had prior heart problems. He died during a rugby
match in Colorado.
A 16 year old Michigan basketball player had no known cardiac
problems, but dropped dead during a game on March 3, 2011.
In the March issue of the Journal of the American College of
Cardiology, a group of Israeli cardiologists examine whether ECG
screening has lowered the rate of sudden cardiac death in Israel.
Alfred Bove summarizes the issues in an accompanying editorial.