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Few doctors screen young athletes for hidden heart trouble
USA Today

Tragic stories appear in the media about seemingly healthy young athletes dying on the playing field due to an undetected heart problem. In response, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued guidelines aimed at helping doctors and coaches detect these problems early on and prevent such senseless deaths. But new research suggests that only a small percentage of physicians are heeding the guidelines. In the study, presented Sunday at the AHA’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., less than half of physicians and only 6 percent of high school athletic directors in Washington state were aware of the life-saving guidelines — potentially leaving many young athletes at risk.

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