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Preparticipation screening for the detection of cardiovascular abnormalities that may cause sudden death in competitive athletes
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    Cardiovascular preparticipation screening
    • Fabio Pigozzi, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Other Contributors:
      • A Spataro, F Fagnani, and Nicola Maffulli

    Dear Editor

    The presence of false positive ECGs is without doubt a limit to the diagnostic capability of this investigation in the contest of cardiovascular screening of athletes. These abnormal ECG appearances result mainly from the morphological adaptations of the heart to training and to the actual sport practised. For example, endurance athletes show a higher rate of ECG abnormalities than athletes practising ‘tec...

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    Cardiovascular screening of athletes: a unique opportunity for an epidemiological experiment

    Dear Editor

    The Italian requirement that all professional and amateur athletes obtain medical certification of their ability to participate in their chosen sport dates from 1950.[1] In 1971 and 1982 this mandate was reinforced by specific legislation of the Italian Ministry of Health, covering both competitive and non-competitive participants.[2] Consequently, large numbers of symptom-free and ostensibly health...

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