Here’s the lead in…
Earlier this week, I wrote about one of my favorite topics in medicine: the ECG. This 12-pronged view of cardiac vectors catapulted my interest in the human heart. I love everything about ECGs. I see them as beautiful instruments for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Niftier yet, ECG skills cannot be Googled; they must be gathered with mentoring and time. The story relayed in those squiggles has yet to be digitized. I like that too.
That’s why it hurts to take the view that mandating the use of screening ECGs will not completely eliminate the chance that a young person dies suddenly…
The buzz from last week’s post inspired me to go learn more.
I re-read things; studied the Italian experience, including comparing it to experiences in other countries; and then left some personal observations and even a couple of suggestions–for parents and doctors alike. I tried to write from multiple perspectives–a doctor, athlete, cross-country coach and yes, a father.
Here is the link at theHeart.org
Note: theHeart.org may require subscription. It’s free and all you have to do is provide an email.