Dr. Link reports compensation for participation on a speaker's bureau relevant to this topic from Boston Scientific; he owns a patent on chest protectors to prevent commotio cordis. Dr. Estes: No disclosures.
Athletes and Arrhythmias
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Volume 21, Issue 10, pages 1184–1189, October 2010
How to Cite
LINK, M. S. and MARK ESTES, N. A. (2010), Athletes and Arrhythmias. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 21: 1184–1189. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2010.01808.x
Section Editor: Stephen C. Hammill, M.D.
- Issue published online: 28 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2010
- Manuscript received 04 February 2010; Revised manuscript received 22 March 2010; Accepted for publication 24 March 2010.
- atrial fibrillation;
- implantable cardioverter defibrillation;
- sudden death;
- ventricular tachycardia
Athletes and Arrhythmias. Athletes are thought the healthiest segment of the population. Yet, there is a general appearance that athletes are more prone to sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias than nonathletes. Bradycardias in athletes are nearly universal, but advanced heart block is usually pathologic. Athletes may be more prone to atrial fibrillation, but not likely to other types of supraventricular tachycardias. Sudden cardiac death in athletes is rare in the absence of heart disease, with the exception of commotio cordis. Treatment strategies for athletes are focused for the return to athletics. Guidelines for treatment will be derived from the 36th Bethesda Guidelines for athletes, and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for athletes. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 21, pp. 1184-1189)