Harvard Heart Letter

Pre-sports check-up can prevent sudden death among athletes

Whether the check-up should include an electrocardiogram is an unanswered question.

Sports, and the physical fitness needed to participate in them, provide an extra layer of cardiovascular protection by strengthening the heart, improving the lungs, and making arteries more supple. Sometimes, though, something goes horribly wrong and an athlete suddenly dies while engaged in his or her sport.

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