Assessment of the 12-Lead ECG as a Screening Test for Detection of Cardiovascular Disease in Healthy General Populations of Young People

Published: September 15, 2014

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  • Mandatory and universal cardiovascular mass screening with 12-lead ECGs in large general populations of young healthy people 12-25 years of age to identify genetic/congenital and other cardiovascular abnormalities is not recommended for athletes and non-athletes alike.
  • Consideration for large-scale, general population and universal cardiovascular screening in the age group 12 to 25 years with history–taking and physical examination alone is not recommended.
  • Use by examiners of the AHA 14-point elements and those from other societies as a part of comprehensive history–taking and physical examination to detect or raise suspicion of genetic/congenital and other cardiovascular abnormalities is recommended for cardiovascular screening in young people aged 12 to 25 years.