Long QT syndrome and short QT syndrome

How to make correct diagnosis and what about eligibility for sports activity

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Abstract

Cardiologists are involved in evaluating the eligibility of athletes to practise competitive sport and they should therefore be able to identify the electrocardiographic markers of long QT syndrome (LQTS) and short QT syndrome (SQTS). An overview of the clinical criteria to perform measurement of QT interval on 12-lead electrocardiogram is provided herein and several instances in which the diagnosis of either LQTS or SQTS may leave the clinician uncertain are discussed. A critical appraisal of current recommendations for eligibility to competitive sport is also provided as well as some of the authors' personal opinions on the practice of recreational activities in patients with abnormal repolarization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-256
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

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Keywords

  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Genetic testing
  • Genetics
  • Physical activity
  • QT interval
  • Risk stratification
  • Sports
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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