News | July 03, 2012

Abbreviated ECHO/ECG Protocol Might Protect Young Athletes

July 3, 2012 — While rare, when sudden cardiac death occurs in a seemingly healthy competitive young athlete, the societal loss is high. At a time when the world is battling obesity in epidemic proportions, fear should not affect how parents view athletic participation. A recent study, to be presented at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions, June 27 to July 3, 2012, at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Md., suggests an abbreviated echocardiographic profile may potentially help identify young athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death and to help athletes, their physicians and families make better decisions about full participation in athletic activities. A poster based on the study was displayed July 1. 

“The primary causes of sudden cardiac death are anatomic anomalies, and abnormalities of the muscular and electrical systems. Present athletic screening involves the taking of a thorough personal and family history, physical examination, and, if indicated, further cardiac testing. While ideal, the addition of EKG and echocardiography to every screening examination is extremely time-consuming and is currently cost-prohibitive. In our study, we designed a protocol which allows a less costly, abbreviated echocardiogram as well as EKG in a mass screening scenario. The goal is to provide more a more complete data set which is cost-effective to care providers, who may then better counsel athletes and their families on full participation in sports. While the cost-effectiveness and impact on the rate reduction of sudden cardiac death are not yet known, the impact on quality of life in reassurance of cardiac health during exercise is priceless,” said Michelle A. Grenier, lead investigator on the study. Robert Hinton, Timothy J. Knilans, John L. Jefferies, Wayne Mays, Nicholas Edwards, Jeffrey Towbin, Richard Czosek, and Jeffery Anderson, all of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, were also part of the research team.

The study found that the number of patients with clinically silent aortopathy and myocardial abnormalities appears disproportionately high in these active athletic adolescents. The abbreviated echo format allows for rapid screening of athletes as part of a general sports screening. The impact of early identification and intervention strategies, as well as screening of at risk, first-degree relatives, is not known, but suggests the utility of echo in detecting aortic and myocardial pathology. The risk of these abnormalities having gone undetected is not known. 
 

Related Content

Hitachi Medical Systems Europe Named Imaging Supplier for London Prostate Cancer Program
News | Prostate Cancer | June 14, 2018
Hitachi Medical Systems Europe has been awarded the contract to supply six ultrasound systems as part of the RAPID...
PET/CT Changes Care for 59 Percent of Suspected Recurrent Prostate Cancer Cases
News | Prostate Cancer | June 13, 2018
A recently presented investigational clinical trial evaluated the impact of 18F fluciclovine positron emission...
Accuray TomoTherapy System Beneficial in Two Total Body Irradiation Studies
News | Radiation Therapy | June 13, 2018
Recently published data from two new studies demonstrate the benefits of Accuray’s TomoTherapy System in the delivery...
Women More Likely to Use Other Preventive Health Services Following Mammography
News | Mammography | June 13, 2018
Medicare beneficiaries who undergo breast cancer screening with mammography are more likely than unscreened women to...
Reduced hippocampal volume on MRI

This figure shows reduced hippocampal volume over the course of 6 years as seen on progressive volumetric analysis and also coronal MRI evaluations (arrows).Progressive volume loss in the mesial temporal lobe on MRI is a characteristic imaging feature of AD. This patient was a case of Alzheimer’s Dementia.

 

News | Neuro Imaging | June 12, 2018
According to a UCLA Medical Center study, a new technology shows the potential to help doctors better determine when...
How AI and Deep Learning Will Enable Cancer Diagnosis Via Ultrasound

The red outline shows the manually segmented boundary of a carcinoma, while the deep learning-predicted boundaries are shown in blue, green and cyan. Copyright 2018 Kumar et al. under Creative Commons Attribution License.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 12, 2018 | Tony Kontzer
June 12, 2018 — Viksit Kumar didn’t know his mother had...
High Prevalence of Atherosclerosis Found in Lower Risk Patients
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 08, 2018
Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) found a surprisingly high prevalence of atherosclerosis in people...
Olympus and Hitachi Healthcare Americas Introduce Arietta 850
News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 04, 2018
Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedu
Lung Decision Precision
News | Lung Cancer | June 04, 2018
For smokers and former smokers, the threat of lung cancer always lurks in the shadows.
New Ultrasound Guidelines Reliably Identify Children Who Should be Biopsied for Thyroid Cancer

Image courtesy of Loyola Medicine

News | Pediatric Imaging | May 29, 2018
A Loyola Medicine study has found that new ultrasound guidelines can reliably identify pediatric patients who should be...
Overlay Init