There’s about a one in 15,000 chance that a student athlete will experience sudden cardiac death. For African-American men, the chance can be even greater: as high as one in 7,000, according to Dr. Shannons Woods, medical director of sports medicine at CoxHealth.
That’s why CoxHealth decided to add EKGs to its sports physicals for college athletes.
"The scary thing about sudden cardiac death is only 15 percent of the time does somebody have a symptom prior to dying. So, the vast majority of cases, the first symptom is death," said Woods.