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Active Voice: Adding the ECG to Pre-Participation Exams for Competitive Athletes

from By Victor Froelicher, M.D., FACC, FACSM

Unexpected deaths in those considered to be models of good health are sad and very visible because of the popularity of sports. Unfortunately, the public perception is that these deaths are much more common than they actually are. Controversy surrounds the best way to recognize and prevent these deaths, and the tendency has been to add more medical technology to the pre-participation exam (PPE). The following is an assessment of the situation regarding the addition of the electrocardiogram (ECG) to the PPE. more

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