Athlete Heart Research Study Tests Need for Heart Screenings in Youth Athletes
Hospitals Team with US Rowing to Screen Athletes at Youth Nationals Race
Can sudden cardiac death (SCD), the leading cause of death in high-school aged athletes, be prevented by a simple heart screening? The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati, Ohio) , The University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have partnered with USRowing and Toshiba America Medical Systems to conduct The Athlete Heart Research Study to help determine whether life-threatening heart conditions can be diagnosed through the use of electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram (echo) screenings before they cause a devastating problem. Initial participants in this study will include high school rowers with more than two years of continuous practice. The study is free and completely voluntary.
Researchers will attend the Youth Nationals Race in Oak Ridge, Tenn, this year. At the regatta, rowers (who sign up prior) will have their hearts tested using an EKG and Toshiba’s Aplio™ 500 CV ultrasound system. All studies are free and will be discreet (data gathered will only be shared with the parents or guardians of the rowers and the rowers themselves). Participation is completely voluntary. All studies will be read on site and put into a registry for follow up comparisons of athletic hearts versus pathological ones. Local rowers will be followed for three years.
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