[Heart Screening of Elite Athletes]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Nov 29;172(48):3339-42.
[Article in Danish]


Sudden cardiac death in competing athletes is usually caused by unsuspected heart disease, and pre-participation screening may reduce the incidence of this tragic event. Although the cost-effectiveness of screening programs is unclear, international sports associations are currently implementing mandatory screening of elite athletes. During the first year of screening in the top Danish soccer league, all athletes were found to be eligible for continued participation in the game, suggesting that concern about false positive screening results may be exaggerated.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Denmark
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Mandatory Programs
  • Mass Screening / economics
  • Soccer / injuries
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult