Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Dr Joseph Marek and Young Hearts for Life: over a quarter-million screening tests and counting!
  1. Brett G Toresdahl1,
  2. Christina Masters2,
  3. Jonathan A Drezner3
  1. 1 Primary Care Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  3. 3 Department of Family Medicine University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brett G Toresdahl, Primary Sports Medicine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, USA; toresdahlb{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

In 2005, 1 year before Dr Domenico Corrado’s landmark publication on the effect of an ECG inclusive national preparticipation cardiovascular screening programme in Italy,1 Dr Joseph Marek was approached by the mother of a 17-year-old male athlete who recently died of sudden cardiac arrest. She sought his guidance as a respected cardiologist practising in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, to find out what could be done to prevent this tragic event from happening to other young athletes in their community. In response, Dr Marek’s practice organised a cardiovascular screening event at a local school using echocardiography. Although no cardiac abnormalities were discovered, this began a passion for supporting his community by screening young athletes for cardiac conditions at risk of sudden death.

Soon after, the sports medicine and cardiology communities began to reconsider the potential utility of screening athletes with a resting ECG, which at …

View Full Text


  • Twitter @bretttoresdahl

  • Contributors BGT drafted the manuscript. CM revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.