and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With
Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 4: Congenital Heart Disease: A
Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American College
of Cardiology

George F. Van Hare, Michael J. Ackerman,
Juli-anne K. Evangelista, Richard J. Kovacs, Robert J. Myerburg, Keri M. Shafer,
Carole A. Warnes, Reginald L. Washington, and on behalf of the American Heart
Association Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee of the Council on
Clinical Cardiology, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Council on
Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Functional Genomics and
Translational Biology, and the American College of Cardiology
Circulation. 2015; published online
before print November 2 2015, doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000240
The American Heart Association and
American College of Cardiology have released a series of scientific statements
regarding eligibility and disqualification recommendation for competitive
athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. This is the 5th document of 15
scientific statements. This document discusses the how to screen athletes with
congenital heart disease, the most common form of serious birth defect. The
document includes recommendations throughout.