Screening Questions for Adolescent Athletes, Nonathletes

When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its policy statement on the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death in patients younger than 25 years of age in 2021, it included recommendations that primary care physicians screen for certain conditions including cardiomyopathies, channelopathies like long-QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome, congenital heart disease, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, commotio cordis, anomalous coronary arteries, and aortopathies like Marfan syndrome1,2.

The AAP also recommended that primary care physicians ask several questions to all adolescents, athletes, and nonathletes at least every 3 years or at entry into middle school and high school.1 A quick snapshot of the questions can be found below.



1. Erickson CC, Salerno JC, Berger S, et al. Sudden Death in the Young: Information for the Primary Care Provider. Pediatrics. 2021;148(1):e2021052044. doi:10.1542/peds.2021-052044.

2. Vergano ST. 3 top papers you may have missed in June 2021. Consultant360. Published online July 14, 2021.