Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

If an athlete does get a positive EKG, what are the next steps?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses what happens next after positive EKG results are received for a high school or college athlete. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


If we get an abnormal EKG, we have procedures that we follow. We will recommend a follow-up visit with a special cardiologist trained in interpreting EKG results from athletes. The specialist will do an assessment and a physical exam. If he or she feels the EKG is abnormal and the athlete needs further assessment, additional testing may be done, such as an echocardiogram or an ultrasound of the heart or a stress test while monitoring the heart rhythms.

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Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics