Study Suggests Two Tests Required for Screening

A screening was conducted by Johns Hopkins.  They screened 134 Maryland athletes.  None were found to have fatal conditions; however, 36 had abnormal findings.  22 of these abnormalities were detected by ECG along.  9 were detected by ECHO alone.  5 were detected by both.  The article says that both ECG and ECHO must be done.  However, is that really necessary?  Of course, having both are ideal, but doing the ECG allows one to find 61% of the abnormalities, isnt that better than not finding anything?  Doesn’t it make sense to at least take a baby step and find some things?

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