Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

What types of cardiac issues would be picked up with more advanced testing (EKG)?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses the cardiac issues that can be uncovered with more advanced testing for high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


With the advanced testing, such as electrocardiogram or EKG testing, it can increase the sensitivity in picking up structural or electrical problems in the heart. The difficulty comes with the interpretation of the EKG. Many times the test results are normal. The EKG is an objective test, meaning that it just gives you a print out. But the true activity going on in the heart — the interpretation — can be subjective among providers. If you don't have the adequate training to look at it, then it can be interpreted as normal, even if it's abnormal, or vice versa. It comes with the training and making sure that the right people are looking at it. 

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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