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The Significance of Arrhythmias in Athletes (Athlete)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2007 by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
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First received: May 4, 2007
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Last verified: May 2007
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Athletes with complex ventricular arrhythmias are potentially at risk of sudden death. The aim of the study is to investigate the relevance of ventricular tachyarrhythmias induced by an exercise test in a retrospectively evaluated athletic population.

Condition Intervention
Sudden Death
Procedure: stress test

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: The Long Term Significance of Exercise Induced Ventricular Arrhythmias in Trained Athletes

Further study details as provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: May 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2008
Detailed Description:

Athletes with complex ventricular arrhythmias are potentially at risk of sudden death. The risk is increased when the athletes are engaged in competitive activities.

Ventricular premature beats (VPB’s) are a common finding in the athletic heart. In the majority of cases these arrhythmias are part of the “athlete’s heart syndrome” and do not increase the risk of sudden death in the athletes with an apparently normal heart. The data available in the literature deal with ventricular arrhythmias assessed only by 24-h ambulatory electrocardiograms.

To date, there are no guidelines concerning athletes who develop ventricular arrhythmias during a stress test. It is unclear whether they should be allowed to continue with their competitive activity or they should be denied to do so. A study looking at the long term follow-up of these athletes will help us determine whether the development of ventricular arrhythmia during a stress test imposes any risk on the athletes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 35 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Competitive athletes less than 35 YO
  • Competitive athletes with ventricular arrhythmias on baseline or recovery in a stress test
  • Competitive athletes with ventricular arrhythmia during exercise

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Athletes who don’t meet the exclusion criteria.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00469794

Contact: Therese Fuchs, MD 972-8-977-9730
Contact: Zvi Vered, MD 972-8-977-9735

Wingate Institute Recruiting
Netanya, Israel
Contact: Therese Fuchs, MD    972-8-977-9730   
Sub-Investigator: Rutie Plitz-Burstein, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Principal Investigator: Therese Fuchs, MD Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00469794     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 50/06
Study First Received: May 4, 2007
Last Updated: May 4, 2007

Keywords provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Death, Sudden
Pathologic Processes processed this record on April 28, 2017