Sports Medicine

Summit on ECG Interpretation in Athletes –
In a continued effort to improve cardiac safety in athletes, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center (F‐MARC) brought together top sports cardiology and sport medicine physicians from around the world for the 2nd Summit on ECG Interpretation in Athletes in Seattle Feb. 26‐27.  Several UW sports medicine faculty participated – Jonathan Drezner (chair), Kimberly Harmon, and Hank Pelto.
The 2015 Summit will update an international consensus on ECG interpretation in athletes and provide a guide for appropriate secondary investigations of ECG abnormalities.  Whether an ECG is performed for screening or diagnostic purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes must be guided by ECG interpretation standards that distinguish normal ECG findings in athletes from ECG abnormalities requiring additional evaluation for conditions associated with sudden cardiac death.