Screening of young competitive athletes for the prevention of sudden cardiac death with a wireless electrocardiographic transmission device: A pilot study

Jae Hyung Cho, Mats A. Selen, Abraham G. Kocheril

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Abstract

Background: The 12-lead electrocardiographic screening for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in young competitive athletes is not cost-effective and thus not routinely recommended. We investigate whether a less expensive wireless electrocardiographic transmission device can be used to screen for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in this population. Methods: During pre-participation screening, twenty college football players underwent two electrocardiograms: a conventional 12-lead electrocardiogram and a wireless 9-lead electrocardiogram. We compared several electrocardiographic parameters (QRS duration, left ventricular hypertrophy using the Cornell voltage criteria and the Sokolow-Lyon criteria, ST deviation and corrected QT interval) to determine the correlation. Results: The QRS duration, left ventricular hypertrophy using the Cornell voltage criteria and the Sokolow-Lyon criteria and corrected QT interval exhibited significant correlation between the two types of electrocardiograms (correlation coefficient 0.878, 0.630, 0.770 and 0.847, respectively with P values of 0.01, 0.003, 0.01 and 0.01, respectively). ST deviation in V1 was weakly correlated between the two types of electrocardiograms without statistical significance (correlation coefficient 0.360 with a P value of 0.119). Conclusions: Our newly developed wireless 9-lead electrocardiogram demonstrated significant correlations with a conventional 12-lead electrocardiogram in terms of QRS duration, left ventricular hypertrophy and corrected QT interval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number342
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 11 2015

Keywords

  • Athletes
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Screening
  • Sudden cardiac death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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