Sports and exercise have huge health, economic and psychological benefits. However data clearly demonstrates up to a four-fold increase in the incidence of sudden death in athletes. Distinguishing between normal heart adaptations and those who are at genuine risk of sudden death is an extremely fine line to tread. Dr Amanda Varnava, consultant cardiologist at The Physicians' Clinic, who sits on the Football Associations (FA) expert panel, explains the challenges and why it's so important we get these distinctions right.
Please access the link below to read Dr Varnava's media blog for The British Heart Foundation: