Detection of Cardiac Abnormalities in Elite Black and White Athletes: Still Not Black and White
Sports are "hot." The average cost of a 30-second advertisement at the 2014 Superbowl was $4,000,0001 and millions of fans worldwide spent much of their February 2014 watching the Sochi Winter Olympics and its advertising. Sports cardiology is also hot. The American College of Cardiology in 2011 established a section dedicated to Sports and Exercise Cardiology and now the College has several sports cardiology sessions during its annual meeting. Additional heat in sports cardiology comes from for the controversy as to whether or not the screening of young athletes for sports participation requires an ECG. European colleagues favor ECG screening primarily because of a 2006 observational study demonstrating reduced cardiovascular deaths among screened athletes and no decrease in a non-athletic comparison population.2 At least two3,4 subsequent papers failed to corroborate a reduction in events with ECG screening.
- ECG screening
- exercise training
- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
- Received February 26, 2014.
- Revision received March 6, 2014.
- Accepted March 10, 2014.