When should competitive sports be avoided by patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Patients presenting with tachycardias and accessory pathways should avoid participating in competitive sports, because catecholamines can decrease the refractoriness of the bypass tract and facilitate tachyarrhythmias. Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or the Ebstein anomaly should also abstain from competitive sports.


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