Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in athletes


Can regular ECG screenings help?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of the leading causes of sudden death in athletes. Though rare, the sudden loss of an athlete thought to be in peak health can be devasting. In this episode of Mayo Clinic’s Cardiovascular CME podcast, Konstantinos Siontis, M.D., senior associate consultant and board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, joins host Anthony Kashou, M.D., to discuss hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and whether regular electrocardiogram screenings can help protect athletes from this structural disease of the heart.

Specific topics discussed:

  • Why is ECG screening in athletes potentially important?
  • What are the challenges, and why does it remain somewhat controversial in the United States?
  • Are there opportunities for improvement?

Listen to the full episode here.

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Cory Pedersen (@cpedersen)

Cory Pedersen