Testing Athletes Would Save Lives

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Testing Athletes Would Save Lives
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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 4:11pm

A new study suggests that routine electrocardiogram testing of young American athletes would save lives and be cost-effective.


The testing isn't routine among athletes in college and high school, apparently because doctors think the benefits -- discovering potentially deadly heart problems -- aren't worth the expense. However, professional athletes are often required to undergo the tests.


Read more about how Routine Heart Tests for Athletes Would Save Lives.

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Thu, 03-04-2010 - 9:27am

There must be skills incorporated, considering the size or weight of the individual, for the needs to prescribe certain tests.


Hmm.... good point!

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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 6:36pm

I disagree with your wish for EKG's in athletes.

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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 2:27pm
Yes, that is the tricky part of the equation for sure.

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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 2:16pm
Well, given the current health care coverage crisis in the U.S., additional "routine" expensive tests are not likely to be encouraged or covered by health insurance companies. And even if it's recommended, that's possible only if a family is lucky enough to *have* health insurance coverage, and whether the insurance company would approve the test as covered. Otherwise, it would be an out of pocket expense to the parents. So, such studies are all well & good, but the question of how to pay for the tests is tricky.




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