Heart Condition Rarely Assessed in Medical Pre-Sports Checkups
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Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:52 AM

Routine pre-participation in sports testing infrequently tests African-American males for the presence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition that can lead to sudden cardiac death, researchers said.  "Our data demonstrated that practitioners are not acting on the increased risk that an African-American male athlete has for sudden cardiac death as a result of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy."

In contacting primary care, urgent care, and pediatric providers from both densely Caucasian and African-American communities, electrocardiograms were performed in 23.6% of the clinics in densely African-American communities and in 20.4% of the densely Caucasian clinics.

"The risk of death caused by sudden cardiac events in African Americans is about 1%.  Among whites it is about 0.3%."

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAPA/46028