Wednesday, April 13, 2011

If your kid has heart problems, get checked

These are the most shocking tragedies—young people suddenly dying on the playing field or court.

Now, Johns Hopkins children’s cardiologists suggest that Sudden Cardiac Death should signal checkups for the whole family.

There are inherited conditions that can cause this.

Even if your child is revived or if he or she just faints or has chest pains during sports, a cardiologist should check the child, sibs, and parents.

What about genetic testing? It has pitfalls—discuss thoroughly, the doctors say. For one thing, it can pick up mutations that may or may not be significant.

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