Sudden death of young people during sports 'often preceded by symptoms’

Australian review of cases shows coronary artery disease is a common underlying cause

A large proportion of young athletes who die suddenly while exercising or playing sports have symptoms just prior to the game, a study has found.

Athlete running

Among 110 cases of sudden cardiac death linked to sports or other exertion, 40% had chest pain, syncope or other symptoms 30 minutes prior to their cardiac event, Australian coronial data show.

The researchers, led by cardiologist Professor Han Lim from the University of Melbourne, found the most common activities