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Sudden Heart Attacks Need Attention

Monday, 14 May 2012 12:43 PM


More needs to be done to identify the causes and remedies for inexplicable sudden heart attacks that claim young athletes’ lives each year, according to a new report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Gaps in basic knowledge about the numbers and reasons for such attacks among young sportsmen and women are “seriously hampering our ability to prevent them,” said sports-medicine specialist Dr. Richard Weiler and his colleagues.
“At the very least, we need to start building reliable databases of all such events across sport, in a bid to start plugging these knowledge gaps,” Weiler said.
The call for action follows the recent case of premier league footballer, Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed in a stadium filled with spectators, after a sudden heart attack. Muamba recovered, but cases like his point up the need for more action, said Weiler.
"We still lack many answers to basic questions about these afflictions,” he said. “We do not know the exact numbers and trends in prevalence or incidence, and do not understand the [multiple causes] that trigger sudden cardiac death in previously healthy athletes."
Among the factors experts need to sort out: whether gender, ethnicity, geography and genes may increase an athlete’s risks.



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