Wednesday, September 21, 2005


The 10-year NBA veteran Fred Hoiberg has a weak heart probably a fatal ailment found in tall, lanky individuals. Hoiberg's case highlights the fact that even ostensibly healthy professional athletes can suffer from some fatal undiagnosed heart problems that do not show symptoms or appear on a standard medical assessment.

Now, the question arises is why is NBA is not putting any extra effort to make practice of screening their players for cardiovascular diseases or structural problems a regular feature. Why there is no leaguewide testing policy for teams? On the contrary the leagues should not mind making it a regular practice because at the professional level the cost of conducting an echocardiogram stands nowhere as compared to the millions that the tams invest in their players.


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