Recently in Presov, Slovakia, Dr. Alexander Kisko discovered that athletes can be pre-screened with echocardiography. Two types of echocardiography are used. One type of echocardiography technique is called M-mode echocardiography. M-mode echocardiography only uses one beam of ultrasound. In 2D echocardiography, images produced by ultrasound show up as a two-dimensional image. When both of these procedures are used together, an accurate reading is produced.
This research was done in response to the perplexity of sudden deaths of athletes during athletic events. The advanced pre-screening procedure helps determine whether athletes are physically able to withstand the rigors of certain sports.
Many sudden athletic deaths are caused by unforeseen cardiac problems. Sudden athletic deaths are not a new phenomenon. The very first recorded athletic death occurred in 490 BC when a courier named Pheidippides suddenly died. One of the most recent athletic events occurred this year at a marathon in Tel Aviv when 29-year-old Michael Michalevitch suddenly died.
Dr. Kisko would like to see pre-screening done on all athletes on a regular basis. He would like for the pre-screening procedures to include M-mode and 2D echocardiography.