Supraventricular arrhythmias in elite athletes

Authors: M. Kozák
Authors‘ workplace: Interní kardiologická klinika ;  LF MU a FN Brno, pracoviště Bohunice
Published in: Kardiol Rev Int Med 2007, 9(Mimořádné): 28-31
Category: Editorial


Supraventricular arrhythmias in the athletes frequently are benign and may not even require therapy. However, they occasionally may be associated with more severe symptoms or cause hemodynamic collapse and require definitive treatment. An athlete with supraventricular tachycardia participating in potentially dangerous sports, such as diving, downhill skiing or auto racing may be at greater risk because of dizziness, near syncope. The search for significant structural heart disease is an important element in evaluating athletes with arrhythmias prior to sports participation. In the athletes, sustained supraventricular tachycardia is most commonly due to atroventricular nodal reentry tachycardia. For some arrhythmias, an ablation approach, usually with a catheter and usually with radiofrequency energy, to eleminate the arrhythmia may be preferable to drug treatment.

Key words:
supraventricular arrhythmias, athlete, radiofrequency ablation


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