Possibilities for predicting of cardiac arrhythmias and conductivity disorders in former athletes

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In order to analyze the relationship between the athletic qualification and syndrome of cardiac rhythm and conductivity disturbances in former athletes, a retrospective analysis of medical records of 39 male former athletes with cardiovascular complaints (mean age 61,6±11,3 years, mean duration of career in sports 23,9±17,3 years, mean duration of post-athletic period 20,1±9,9 years) was carried out. The patients were screened for cardiac arrhythmias and underwent echocardiography. The overall prevalence of sustained paroxysms of atrial fibrillation was 42%, increasing with the athletic qualification. Ryan grade 4b-5 premature ventricular contractions were found in 14% of patients. 3 parameters were found to be the independent predictors of arrhythmias in former athletes, i. e. athletic qualification, multifocal atherosclerosis (as an anti-risk factor), and age. The coefficient of determinance for the created prognostic model reached 43%. Further prospective studies are needed to validate an algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in gerontology = Uspekhi gerontologii
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


  • atrial fibrillation
  • atrioventricular block
  • former athletes
  • prognostic model
  • sports cardiology


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