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Lack of correlation between ventricular late potentials and left ventricular mass in top-level male athletes.
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PMID:  10188737     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to establish: 1) the prevalence of abnormal signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG) in a large population of top-level athletes and 2) the relationship between SAECG parameters and left ventricular mass. One-hundred and fifty-three elite male athletes without apparent heart disease, symptoms, or arrhythmias were studied. METHODS: Fifty-six athletes (37%) had increased left ventricular mass (> 134 g.m(-2)). All athletes underwent time-domain SAECG on 300-400 heart beats recorded at rest from three bipolar orthogonal tests with a filter setting of 40-250 Hz. Criteria for abnormality were 1) filtered QRS duration > 114 ms, 2) duration of low-amplitude signals > 38 ms, or 3) root mean square voltage of the last 40 ms of the filtered QRS < 20 microV. RESULTS: The prevalence of abnormal SAECG was 7.2% (abnormality of one parameter), 6.5% (abnormality of two parameters), and 5.8%(abnormality of three parameters). The prevalence of abnormal SAECG was similar in athletes with or without increased left ventricular mass. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, this study showed: 1) the low rate of positive results of SAECG parameters in top-level male athletes, similar to that found in healthy sedentary subjects; and 2) the lack of correlation between left ventricular mass and overall SAECG parameters.
A Biffi; L Verdile; G Ansalone; A Spataro; R Spada; F Fernando; G Caselli; M Santini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-06     Completed Date:  1999-05-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-61     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Medicine, Institute of Sports Science, Italian National Olympic Committee, and San Filippo Neri Hospital, Rome.
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MeSH Terms
Action Potentials
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / physiopathology*
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
Sports / physiology*
Ventricular Function*

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