ECG on the run: Continuous ECG surveillance of marathon athletes is feasible

29 octubre 2014

The condition of an athlete’s heart has for the first time been accurately monitored throughout the duration of a marathon race. The real-time monitoring was achieved by continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) surveillance and data transfer over the public mobile phone network to a telemedicine center along the marathon route. This new development in cardiac testing in endurance athletes, said investigators, ‘would allow instantaneous diagnosis of potentially fatal rhythm disorders.’