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Cardiol Clin. 1997 Aug;15(3):473-83.

Risk profiles and cardiovascular preparticipation screening of competitive athletes.

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  • 1Cardiovascular Research Division, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minnesota, USA.


There has been heightened interest in the design and role of preparticipation screening for high school and college athletes. An American Heart Association consensus panel, composed of cardiovascular specialists and other physician experts having extensive clinical experience with athletes of all ages as well as a legal expert, assessed the benefits and limitations of preparticipation screening for early detection of cardiovascular abnormalities in competitive athletes. The panel addressed cost-efficiency and feasibility issues as well as the medicolegal implications of screening; and developed consensus recommendations and guidelines for the most prudent, practical, and effective screening procedures and strategies.

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