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The Heart Hype screening event evaluates teens for their risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) — a rare but deadly heart condition.
Each year, there are several news stories on seemingly healthy athletes who suddenly die due to this condition, including NBA players Reggie Lewis, Jason Collier, and Kevin Duckworth, as well as long-distance runner Ryan Shay. Unless properly screened for, this condition is virtually undetectable until it is too late. Early screening and prevention is key to controlling this condition.
Sudden Cardiac Death kills more than 3,000 young people annually. Hopkins Cardiologist, Theodore Abraham has launched a program called Hopkins Heart Hype, that provides free screening to young athletes for dangerous heart abnormalities.
Listen to Ted Abraham, M.D., discuss athletic heart disease with Casey Cooper, M.D.
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Watch news coverage from the 2012 Heart Hype event.
Sudden cardiac death kills more than 3,000 young people each year, many of them athletes. Ted Abraham, M.D., a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins says a dual screening approach is best for detection of cardiac abnormalities that may kill.