N.J. bills mandate better cardiac screening for student athletes

Three bills introduced by State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester) aim to provide better cardiac screening of student athletes to prevent sudden death from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The bills, introduced on Thursday, implement the recommendations of the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which according to NJ Spotlight issued a report last month advocating better cardiac screening of student athletes.

NJ Spotlight reports the task force did not recommend that all students get an EKG, but advocated gathering a complete, accurate family history to identify student athletes at risk from hereditary cardiac conditions.

You can read the rest of the NJ Spotlight story, written by Beth Fitzgerald, on their website.

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