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An asymptomatic athlete with-pre-excitation

Sports Cardiology Quiz


Dr Harshil Dhutia, Registrar in Cardiology, St George’s university of London
Dr Michael Papadakis, Lecturer in cardiology, St George’s university of London
Prof Sanjay Sharma, Professor of clinical cardiology, St George’s university of London

Sports Cardiology

A 16-year-old Caucasian international level cyclist underwent pre-participation cardiac screening. He reported no sinister cardiac symptoms or family history of heart disease or sudden cardiac death at a young age. Physical Examination was unremarkable.

His 12 lead ECG is presented below.




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for further reading:

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[*2] Development and validation of an ECG algorithm for identifying accessory pathway ablation site in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
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[*5] 36th Bethesda Conference: eligibility recommendations for competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities.
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[*6] PACES/HRS expert consensus statement on the management of the asymptomatic young patient with a Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW, ventricular preexcitation) electrocardiographic pattern: developed in partnership between the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Endorsed by the governing bodies of PACES, HRS, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS).
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