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Press release: ‘Lausanne Recommendations’ on ‘Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport’

"Lausanne Recommendations" on "Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport"adopted10 December 2004The "Lausanne Recommendations", a consensus paper on the preventionof sudden death, has been adopted today under the umbrella of the IOC MedicalCommission at the meeting on "Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport" inLausanne. The meeting of the ad hoc working group on Sudden CardiovascularDeath in sport, coordinated by Professor Erik J. Meijboom of the UniversityHospital Centre in Lausanne (CHUV) brought together a group of experts.Dramatic"Sudden death" in sport is always a dramatic event and has to be

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“Lausanne Recommendations” on “Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport”adopted
10 December 2004
The “Lausanne Recommendations”, a consensus paper on the preventionof sudden death, has been adopted today under the umbrella of the IOC MedicalCommission at the meeting on “Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport” inLausanne. The meeting of the ad hoc working group on Sudden CardiovascularDeath in sport, coordinated by Professor Erik J. Meijboom of the UniversityHospital Centre in Lausanne (CHUV) brought together a group of experts.Dramatic
“Sudden death” in sport is always a dramatic event and has to be fullyappreciated. The leading cause (more than 90%) of non-traumatic suddendeath of athletes is related to pre-existing cardiac abnormality.Definition of sudden cardiovascular death
For the purpose of these recommendations, sudden cardiovascular deathis defined as:
Death occurring within one hour of the onset of symptoms in a personwithout a previously recognised cardiovascular condition that would appearfatal: this excludes cerebrovascular, respiratory, traumatic and drug relatedcauses.Identify athletes at risk
The purpose of these recommendations is to identify, as accuratelyas possible, athletes at risk in order to advise them accordingly. The”Lausanne Recommendations” introduce the principle of preparticipationcardiovascular screening in sport, including four elements: the personalhistory of the athlete, his/her family history, a physical examinationand an electrocardiogram.Recommendationson Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sport