Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Causes of sudden cardiac death in athletes

From a large NCAA database as reported in Circulation:

Conclusions—The rate of SCD in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes is high, with males, black athletes, and basketball players at substantially higher risk. The most common finding at autopsy is autopsy-negative sudden unexplained death. Media reports are more likely to capture high-profile deaths, and insurance claims are not a reliable method for case identification.

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