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Netherlands sport organizations to begin mandatory screening


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  • Netherlands sport organizations to begin mandatory screening

    According to an article in the dutch newspaper AD (Algemeen Dagblad) today, the dutch sports organizations will make a two year cardiovascular screening mandatory. This will apply to all professionals, amateurs will be encouraged but not mandated to be screened too.

    In the article, it is stated that (contrary to findings in the HCM community) the risks of sudden cardiac death (from all causes, HCM was not explicitely mentioned in the article) increase with age, and more so above 35 years. According to the article, the cause is often believed to be CHF (my own note: CHF in a marathon runner ?).

    The screening measures come after a row of sudden death cases in the Netherlands, last week in a marathon run 2 amateurs passed away. The Italian rules were cited as an example - Italy runs statistically 25% lower in sudden death cases among professional sporters, and this is attributed to the mandatory screening over there.

    \"Hope is disappointment postponed\"

    Dx in 2004, first symptoms 20 years ago? Obstructed, A-fib, family history!

    Combined Morrow and (left atrial) Maze procedures & PVI at St. Antonius Hospital, Netherlands, March 28, 2013.

    Meds (past) propranolol, metoprolol, disopyramide, sotalol, amiodaron, aspirin, dabigatran, acenocoumarol.

    Meds (current) sotalol, dabigatran, furosemide.

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    I'm glad to hear that they are going to start the mandatory screening, but I'm saddened at why they decided it's prudent to do so. And I agree, CHF in a marathon runner?


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      Glad to hear there are other countries that are kicking off a great program for screening young athletes. Hmmm....I wonder if our country will be next, or after the next.

      How many more young parents have to join the ranks of the groups that have lost a child before our country wakes up to see the priceless lives that are being lost to sudden cardiac death? The numbers are astonishing, the experience is excruciating, the prevention is possible. When will it stop...when someone of importance has to bare this cross.

      Thank you for sharing the information.
      Sharon Bates



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