Olympic Committee Endorses Heart Screenings

In a controversial new statement, the International Olympic Committee now recommends screening young athletes for heart abnormalities with an electrocardiogram test, said The New York Times.

For 30 years, the Italian Ministry of Health has required that competitive athletes are screened and tracked. The data led to the reduction of sudden cardiac deaths by 89 percent among athletes 14-35 years old, said the Los Angeles Times.

The addition of an ECG to the common physical and health history would save about two years of life per 1,000 athletes, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine said.

The recommendation, which is not mandatory for anyone, is being disputed for cost reasons, said The New York Times.

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