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Electrocardiographic findings in sports medicine: normal variants and the ones that should not be missed.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15763042     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There are a few "red flag" findings in the history and physical examination of an athlete that may require obtaining an electrocardiogram (ECG) as part of a cardiac evaluation. In this article we discuss the normal variants seen in the ECG brought on by regular physical training and ECG abnormalities that are seen with a few of the structural and conduction abnormalities associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. These conditions are all relatively uncommon and the ECG may reveal the first clue to the presence of a potentially significant underlying abnormality. After reading this article the sports medicine practitioner should be able to 1) confidently return to play those athletes with normal variants on their ECG, and 2) not miss the ECG abnormalities of an athlete who requires further evaluation for potentially significant abnormalities prior to participating in athletics.
Shawn F Kane; Ralph G Oriscello; Robert B Wenzel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current sports medicine reports     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1537-8918     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Sports Med Rep     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-14     Completed Date:  2006-03-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101134380     Medline TA:  Curr Sports Med Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dewitt Army Community Hospital, 9501 Farrell Road, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology,  prevention & control
Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
Physical Examination
Reference Values
Sports Medicine

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