Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 379–386

Prevalence and Spectrum Diseases Predisposing to Sudden Cardiac Death: Are They the Same for Both the Athlete and the Nonathlete?

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00246-012-0159-1

Cite this article as:
Batra, A.S. & Balaji, S. Pediatr Cardiol (2012) 33: 379. doi:10.1007/s00246-012-0159-1


Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a rare but devastating event among young people. The precise scale of the event remains undefined. This uncommon but catastrophic event usually is proved to be the consequence of varied unsuspected congenital or acquired cardiovascular diseases. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery anomalies are the two most frequent causes of SCD. Most commonly, SCD resulting from these diseases occurs during or immediately after exercise. This report highlights the prevalence and spectrum of SCD-predisposing diseases and how they are affected by athletic participation. In addition, disease-specific guidelines for sports participation are addressed.


Athlete Congenital coronary artery anomalies Congenital heart disease Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Myocarditis Sudden cardiac death 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric CardiologyChildren’s Hospital of Orange County, University of California at IrvineOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Division of CardiologyOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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