Improvement of cardiac screening in amateur athletes
- •Competitive amateur athletes underlie a relevant risk for exercise-related SCD.
- •Cardiac screening imperatively has to be accessible for the general population.
- •CAD among male athletes with risk factors particularly has to be targeted.
- •Less than 10% of Swiss amateur athletes have undergone cardiac screening.
- •An “on-site” campaign positively influences the attitude towards cardiac screening.
Although not performing on a professional level, amateur athletes, nevertheless, are participating in competitive sports and thus underlie a relevant risk for exercise-related SCD which implicates the need for an adequate pre-competition cardiac screening. As many amateur athletes belong to the category of “older” individuals, particularly CAD among male athletes with risk factors has to be targeted by the screening. However, the detection of clinically silent underlying coronary heart disease is challenging and cannot be accurately achieved by a standard screening provided to young athletes (history, clinical status, ECG). An extended work-up, at least, mandates the detection of cholesterol levels to estimate the individual cardiovascular risk. The fact that only less than 10% of Swiss amateur athletes have undergone cardiac screening led to various promising approaches to improve the awareness of the issue. Exemplarily, we successfully invented an “on-site” prevention campaign that positively influenced the attitude of the athletes towards cardiac screening.
Autor / Fonte:Christian M Schmied Journal of Electrocardiology 2015 March 19