Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes
Guest: Thomas M. Munger, M.D.
Much attention has been paid to sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Did you know the likelihood of sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes is between 1 in 50,000 to 1 in 80,000 and for college-aged players, the risk is estimated at 1 in 13,426. Among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes, there is an increased risk in those who are male, of black race and play basketball. In this podcast, we discuss what the causes of sudden cardiac arrest are, the role of screening protocols and what can be done in patients who experience this event with cardiology experts Tom M. Munger, M.D., and Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D.