How to manage athletes with syncope

Cardiol Clin. 2007 Aug;25(3):457-66, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2007.07.005.


Athletes with syncope warrant a full evaluation, as it is possible that athletics may unmask heart disease, either structural or electrical, and these athletes may be at risk for sudden cardiac death. The work-up and treatment of syncope in the athlete offers some unique challenges: to diagnose potentially life-threatening arrhythmias, to avoid pharmacological therapy, and to maximize ability to play. This article addresses the topic of syncope and possible solutions for those athletes in whom it is diagnosed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sports Medicine / methods*
  • Sports*
  • Syncope* / epidemiology
  • Syncope* / physiopathology
  • Syncope* / therapy