Electrocardiogram interpretation in the athlete

Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2012 Jun;23(2):65-71. doi: 10.1007/s00399-012-0179-9.


The sudden death of a young athlete is a devastating event that impacts the lay public and medical community and has attracted efforts to screen for underlying cardiovascular diseases associated with sudden death in this population. Electrocardiography (ECG) screening has been shown to increase the sensitivity of finding structural heart diseases in competitive athletes. Recent research in diverse populations of athletes has led to refinements in ECG-interpretation standards designed to improve its diagnostic accuracy. This review summarizes relevant information regarding cardiovascular screening and ECG interpretation in athletes.

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis*
  • Athletes*
  • Electrocardiography / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Sports Medicine / trends*
  • Sports*