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Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2016 June;69(2):249-53

language: English, Italian

A new prevention strategy for amateur athletes: spatial QT dispersion

Vincenzo C. FRANCAVILLA, Annabella BRASCHI, Alessandro CASCIO, Vincenzo DI PIETRO, Tindaro BONGIOVANNI, Giuseppe FRANCAVILLA

Centro Studi per la Corretta Valutazione dell’Attività Motoria, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy


The reason that led us to assess the potential impact of QT dispersion on a prevention strategy comes from our bibliographic investigation that confirmed the urgency to unequivocally explore the role of spatial QT dispersion. We assessed 30 athletes between 22 and 42 years of age who practiced different sporting disciplines to verify the average QTd values. The results confirmed what we imagined, i.e. the benign nature of the so-called athlete’s heart, and the possibility to be able to identify the presence of organ damage in the hypertensive population through QTd calculation. This data proved interesting in identifying the infarction site and the presence of a reduced electrical stability of the myocardium. The QTd enables us to assess the electrical stability of the myocardium with reference to arrhythmias and represents a fast low-cost method which is easy to apply.

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