The Cardiovascular Risks of Diving.

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Title: The Cardiovascular Risks of Diving.
Author: Thompson, PD
Abstract: Cardiovascular disease may be responsible for a quarter of diving fatalities, but there are few studies on the cardiovascular complications of this activity. In contrast, there is a rich literature on land-based, exercise-related cardiac events. These studies document that exercise can increase the risk of acute cardiac events, but that absolute risk is small for healthy individuals. There are no proven strategies to reduce exercise related cardiac events and consequently no proven strategies that could be confidently applied to diving. Nevertheless, requiring a pre-diving medical evaluation and clearance for those with known cardiac disease, training dive personnel to elicit possible cardiac prodromal symptoms, and frequent emergency training for diving supervisors are prudent approaches to this problem.
Description: Copyright © 2011 by Divers Alert Network, 6 West Colony Place Durham, NC 27705. This book is available for download at no cost as a PDF file from the Divers Alert Network website ( Opinions and data presented at the Conference and in these Proceedings are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Divers Alert Network.
Date: 2011

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