David Price, MD
David Price, MD, co-director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship at Carolinas HealthCare System, is lead author on research published in Heart Rhythm, an international cardiology journal, demonstrating the effectiveness of electrocardiography (ECG) screenings in young athletes.
Findings from Dr. Price’s research suggest that ECGs can detect cardiovascular abnormalities in high school athletes that otherwise may have gone missed with traditional sports screenings. These irregularities can lead to sudden death or other serious issues.
“Our research emphasizes just how important the addition of ECG to standard sports screenings are for young athletes, because they may diagnose heart conditions that may have otherwise gone unnoticed,” said Dr. Price. “Before any adolescent athlete begins participating in his or her sport, I strongly encourage them to get an ECG with their sports screening to help detect potentially life-threatening abnormalities.”
Dr. Price’s study of more than 2,000 high school athletes compared results from standard pre-participation screening (PPS) consisting of a personal history, family history and physical exam, to standard PPS with the addition of an ECG screening.
Additional research is currently examining the psychological aspects of being diagnosed with potentially lethal cardiac abnormalities. In April 2014, Dr. Price’s research was presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco, and at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in New Orleans.
Dr. Price’s passion for keeping young athletes healthy and active is evident through Carolinas HealthCare System’s Heart of a Champion Day program, which provides free annual ECG screenings to high school athletes at four locations across North and South Carolina.
In 2013, nearly 2,500 student-athletes participated in Heart of a Champion Day, and 127 were found to have medical conditions that required follow-up, including 29 with potential cardiac issues.