Misinterpreted ECG Results Could Put Teens At Risk

A study in last month’s The Journal of Pediatrics found that pediatric cardiologists regularly misinterpret ECG results and fail to diagnose conditions that could cause cardiac death in children and adolescents.

The senior study author suggested that if children are going to be screened for indicators of cardiac death then more doctors need to be trained to know what they are looking for.  The study results found that 19% of teens who should’ve been prevented from participating in sports because of heart conditions were allowed to play and potentially put themselves at risk of dying.  Similarly, about one quarter of teens with normal ECGs were prevented from playing sport because of their ECG results were misread.

Is there a way that we can better protect teens on the playing fields?  As a parent are you concerned about the results of this study?