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Comment & Response
April 28, 2015

Cardiovascular Screening for Young Athletes—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
JAMA. 2015;313(16):1674. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3237

In Reply To clarify the first point raised by Drs Harmon and Drezner, cardiovascular sudden deaths in high school– and college-aged competitive athletes have proved to be uncommon based on a reported incidence of 1:80 000 to 1:200 000 in most published population studies and summarized in the recent American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Scientific Statement.1 Certainly, each of these events in young people is tragic, but to somehow characterize these deaths as common and representative of a major public health problem lacks proportionality and is potentially misleading.

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