Northeastern University developing heart screening process

With the March Madness tournament having recently reached completion, young athletes are at the forefront of national attention. Although these people are usually depicted as the pinnacle of health and athleticism, athletes are susceptible to heart issues as well; every three days, a competitive athlete in America dies from SCD, often due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Researchers at Northeastern University are looking to identify athletes at risk for SCD. The team is working to develop a pre-participation screening process using portable ultrasound machines to detect heart abnormalities. Early results show this screening to be faster, less costly, and more accurate than current screening methods. Read more from Medical Xpress here.