Welcome to the August feature topic page and Q&A Discussion Forum! Find everything we have lined up for this month below including our feature module, the chance to talk to our ECG expert and test your knowledge in our expert's case study.
ECG INTERPRETATION IN ATHLETES SERIES
These Award-winning ECG modules are based on the 2017 ‘International criteria’ and the latest consensus standards for the interpretation of an athlete’s ECG. The course includes 6 modules aimed to help the clinician distinguish normal physiologic ECG findings from ECG abnormalities requiring more investigation. Importantly, the modules provide recommendations for the secondary testing of each specific ECG abnormality to evaluate for the presence of underlying cardiac pathology. The following modules feature in the series:
1. Basic ECG Interpretation in Athletes
2. Normal Physiologic ECG findings in Athletes
3. ECG Abnormalities in Cardiomyopathy
4. ECG Abnormalities in Primary Electrical Disease
5. ECG Interpretation Challenges and Pitfalls
6. Advanced ECG Interpretation in Athletes
Each month the SEM Academy team pick a topical subject and source our very best global experts, to provide you with current information and research.
During the month we invite you to use the discussion forum below to enter your questions and interact with your SEM peers.
The content expert will respond right here, on this page, and interact with you through out the month. Discussion only lasts for one month, so start asking!
Prof. Jonathan Drezner
Prof. Drezner is a family medicine physician who specialises in sports medicine. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology at the University of Washington (UW). He is team physician for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), OL Reign (NWSL), and UW. Dr. Drezner is Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and past-President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2012 – 2013). He is also Director of the Division for Cardiac Injury in Sport for the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.
IS THIS ECG NORMAL OR ABNORMAL?
A 22 year old male of Afro-Caribbean descent playing in the Australian Football League presents for a screening ECG. He has no cardiovascular symptoms and no family history of heart disease. His ECG is shown below. You assess the ECG for normality or abnormality and try to identify the normal or abnormal components.
Case written by Prof. Jon Drezner
The International Criteria for ECG Interpretation in Athletes, published in 2017, uses new and emerging research and to develop a clear guide to the proper evaluation of ECG abnormalities in athletes
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Keep your ECG interpretation knowledge up to scratch with this weekly ECG case quiz from Life in the Fast Lane.