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Letters Death in young athletes

Screening is inefficient and too expensive for the NHS

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a906
  1. Jonathan R Hanson, rural practitioner
  1. 1Ardvasar, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
  1. jthan60{at}

    Currently a resting electrocardiogram costs £35 through the Cardiac Risk in the Young programme. Variable penetrance for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with obstruction means that one-off resting ECG screening will miss the commonest cause of sudden athletic death in people under 35 unless it is …

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