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Medical News & Perspectives
July 5, 2016

Interassociation Task Force Punts Decision on Universal ECG Screenings for Athletes

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JAMA. 2016;316(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6092

In 2009, Dominic Murray, a seemingly healthy 17-year-old student basketball player at Farmingdale State College in New York, died of sudden cardiac death (SCD) during a pickup game. Although Murray had a physical and electrocardiogram (ECG) and had been cleared to play basketball, an autopsy revealed he died of undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ( Murray was one of 79 college athletes who died of SCD between 2003 and 2013 (; Harmon KG et al. Circulation. 2015;132:10-19).

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