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article imageNew electrocardiogram device designed for athletic youth

By Michael Krebs     Mar 10, 2013 in Science
Cardea Associates recently announced the development of an FDA-approved electrocardiogram device designed specifically for the young athlete, a potentially important step in the reduction of heart attacks among young sports enthusiasts.
In late April, 2012, the New York Times published a blog on the question of whether or not we should screen high school athletes for early indications of heart conditions. The blog cited the American Academy of Pediatrics in underscoring the point that an estimated 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest every year in the United States.
But the tragic issue of heart failure, particularly among young athletes, has not diminished. In fact, parents are pushing their children more and more into competitive sports - and this drive is strong enough that it is spawning advisory communications like that of Competitive Advantage, cited here.
However, a new electrocardiogram device, developed by Cardea Associates, has been designed specifically for the youth athletic market. As Healio's Cardiology Today reports, it is a handheld device that operates wirelessly to discern the hearth health of a young athlete.
"Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading medical cause of death in sport participants and often is the first symptom of a cardiac condition. Current research shows that the traditional Pre-Participation Exam (PPE), consisting of a physical exam and review of the family history, has low sensitivity and high cost, relative to the ECG, in detecting cardiac abnormalities," Cardea Associates states on its web site. "CardeaScreen is a new portable, hand-held ECG device developed for screening young athletes’ hearts. Its custom algorithms can help physicians quickly and accurately identify abnormal cardiac conditions that may lead to SCA, or other quality of life limiting conditions, through high-quality ECGs and easy-to-use tools for over-reading and reporting."
Heart failure among young adults is disturbingly sudden, however the onset of heart trouble could be detectable.
"About two-thirds of the time, a coroner discovers during an autopsy that the death was due to a heart abnormality," according to the Mayo Clinic.
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