New Recommendations May Allow Some Athletes With CVD to Compete

Athletes with irregular heart beat caused by long QT syndrome and those with an implanted medical device may safely play competitive sports, according to new recommendations from the ACC and American Heart Association published Nov. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Previous recommendations stated that the risk of sudden cardiac death was too high in athletes with Long QT syndrome or with heartbeat disorders treated by an implanted device, but new research indicates that the risk is lower than previously thought. These athletes may now be able to compete with the approval of their health care provider. Read more on