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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | |  Cardiomyopathy in the News

University of Minnesota football player Gary Tinsley was found dead April 6 of a heart condition at the age of 22. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said he died of an enlarged heart.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes, but what factors contribute to this heightened risk in otherwise healthy individuals? Some physicians believe that mandatory EKG screening for young athletes is the key to saving lives, while others believe the screening is too costly and would do more harm than good. What is the real risk for young athletes and what can we do the prevent deaths?

William Roberts, professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota and the foundation president of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, will join The Daily Circuit Monday to talk about heart conditions in young athletes.

Screening all athletes would be tough due to the economic barriers of the test, Roberts said.

"This issue of screening hits on socioeconomic factors," he said. "I currently work at a clinic on the east side of Minneapolis and the schools near us are 85 percent free and reduced lunch. We have many students who just can't afford an EKG test. It's a totally different scene than what we'd see in athletes in Edina or Eden Prairie."

Discouraging young people from exercising due to the risk isn't worth it, Roberts said.

"I would say that ultimately it's much better to have kids be active then not just for such a small risk [like sudden cardiac death]," he said.

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