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Beyond sudden death in the athlete: identification of family members at risk
  1. Giovanni Quarta,
  2. Pier Lambiase,
  3. Perry Elliott*
  1. 1 The Heart Hospital, University College London Hospital, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to: Perry M Elliott, Cardiology, University College London, 16-18 Westmoreland Street, London, W1G8PH, United Kingdom; perry.elliott{at}


Sudden death in young athletes is always a catastrophic event which focuses medical and public attention on the prevention of similar tragedies in other sporting participants. In this review article we discuss the importance of evaluation of family members, who by virtue of the familial nature of many of the diseases that cause sudden cardiac death, are potentially at risk of a similar outcome. We show that a systematic approach to the clinical evaluation of relatives of sudden death victims has a high yield in the identification of other affected family members and may prevent further catastrophic events in the same family.

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