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BACKGROUND Pathological T-wave inversion (PTWI) is rarely observed on the ECG of healthy athletes, whereas it is common in patients with certain cardiac diseases. All ECG interpretation guidelines for use within athletes state that PTWI (except in leads aVR, III and V1 and in V1-V4 when preceded by domed ST segment in asymptomatic Afro-Caribbean athletes(More)
We are pleased to address questions raised by Wheeler and colleagues concerning the identified high prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in our recent publication. The aim of our study was to prospectively determine the prevalence of cardiac pathology in athletes presenting with pathological T-wave inversion (PTWI), and to examine the efficacy of(More)
This study aims to analyze the autonomic nervous system response during head-up tilt test (HUTT), by exploring the changes in dynamic properties of heart rate variability in subjects with and without syncopes, to predict the outcome of HUTT. Baroreflex response, as well as linear and non-linear parameters of RR-interval time series, have been extracted from(More)
In this study, we evaluate the ability to automatically predict syncope and differentiate between patients with positive response to head up tilt test (HUTT) and other with negative response, using only 12-min RR-interval time series for the supine position, preceding HUTT. An original method, based on the analysis of heart rate variability dynamics and a(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether endurance athletes who exhibit deep bradycardia are more prone to arrhythmias and reflex syncope than their non-bradycardic peers. 46 healthy men (ages 19-35) were divided into 3 groups based on whether they were sedentary (SED,<2 h/week) or endurance trained (ET,>6 h/week), and non-bradycardic (NB, resting(More)
The aim of this paper is to improve the physiological understanding in order to differentiate between the two types of vasovagal syncope by performing a Head-up Tilt Test. The Head-up Tilt Test is a well known procedure to reproduce vasovagal syncope, patients who had syncope during the test show different orthostatic response depending on they are(More)
The analysis of cardiac dynamics based on time series extracted from cardiovascular signals (e.g. electrocardiogram, blood pressure) is relevant for differentiating between normal and pathological cases with feasible functions in the diagnosis and risk estimation. In this study, the dynamic behavior of cardiovascular time series is analyzed using(More)
It is unknown whether commencing structured endurance training after 40 years of age is powerful enough to induce beneficial cardiovascular adaptations in later life. 34 men between the ages of 55 and 75 were included: 10 life-long sedentary seniors (SED), 13 endurance master athletes who commenced training≤30 years of age (ET30), and 11 endurance master(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that global longitudinal strain (GLS) is altered in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in comparison with athletes. Nevertheless, these results rely on studies comparing sedentary patients with HCM with healthy athletes. The aims of this study were to confirm these findings in an appropriate group(More)