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Put your mind at ease with a SCREENING ECHOCARDIOGRAM
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a rare but tragic occurrence. In a young athlete the most common cause is undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This defect causes the heart muscle to thicken, preventing blood from flowing out of the heart during exercise. HCM can also trigger a life-threatening arrhythmia (irregular heart beat.)
A child with (HCM) may seem perfectly healthy. The heart may work well with normal activity. Symptoms may only occur when the heart is over stressed during exercise.
Before participation in sports, athletes should be commonly screened to identify any cardiovascular risks. Screening recommendation include a medical and family history and physical examination. HCM - the most common cause of SCD can be easily missed by the standard pre-participation exam alone. Echo can find deadly conditions the physical exam alone could miss.