The most common cause of death in atheletes is cardiac death, it is known to cause cardiac hypermyopathy and their screening is crucial to prevent sudden death. Heart disease in atheletes leads to sudden incapacity which may result in injuries, and pre‐existing heart disease may be exacerbated by exercise.
A recent review study reported that sports-related sudden cardiac death (SrSCD) is less likely to occur in women than in men. Overall, sports-related SCD incidence was found to be 0.66 per million athlete-years in females versus 5.01 events per million athlete-years in males.
The researchers noted that in general sudden cardiac death (SCD) is rough twice as common in males versus females. This could be due to the differences in the sports performed and/or exercise intensity. Study findings are published in the European Heart Journal.
SCD is a tragic incident that accounts for up to 50% of deaths from cardiovascular disease. Sports-related SCD is a phenomenon that is being related to both competitive and recreational sports activities. SrSCD has been reported to occur 5–33-fold less frequently in women than in men. Despite a rapid increase in female participation in sports, the sex difference persists. Discovering the reasons behind this could help identify targets for improved SrSCD prevention.
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