Re: Harms and benefits of screening young people to prevent sudden cardiac death
In this literature review, Van Brabandt et al. conclude recommending against screening young athletes to prevent sudden cardiac death.  They stressed that only one study carried out in Italy, and published in 2006 by Corrado et al., showed screening benefit. Requests to obtain additional data from the Italian screening study were not successful. Such behaviour is in agreement with critical comments to a paper about outcomes in athletes with marked ECG repolarization abnormalities, published in New England Journal of Medicine, with two coauthors of Corrado paper . That article, by Pelliccia et al., had serious limitations (as reporting their cohort study as a matched case-control study). However, although many messages sent to NEJM, my letter was not published. 
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 Corrado et al. JAMA 2006
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 Eluf-Neto J. Rev Bras Epidemiol 2008.
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