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How are young people screened for heart disease?

There are clinics where cardiologists screen young adults and athletes for heart disease. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and other organizations provide doctors with specific guidelines for screening young people for heart disease. Today we know so much more about this problem than we did in the past. With screening, we hope the rate of sudden cardiac death among our younger population will decrease.

Screening tests may include:

  • physical exam
  • electrocardiogram EKG
  • genetic testing
  • imaging tests to check for birth defects and heart structure problems

If a doctor thinks a young person has a high risk for heart disease after performing a physical exam, it very important for that person to have a more thorough evaluation and appropriate tests.

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