ECG and ethnicity

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Ethnic differences in ECG parameters are commonly observed. A recent study investigated ethnic differences in athletes of African / or African - Carribean descendense. [1] In the black sedentary control group of that study 39.5% had LVH, 65.5% had significant ST elevation and 10.1% had inverted T waves.


  1. Papadakis M, Carre F, Kervio G, Rawlins J, Panoulas VF, Chandra N, Basavarajaiah S, Carby L, Fonseca T, and Sharma S. The prevalence, distribution, and clinical outcomes of electrocardiographic repolarization patterns in male athletes of African/Afro-Caribbean origin. Eur Heart J. 2011 Sep;32(18):2304-13. DOI:10.1093/eurheartj/ehr140 | PubMed ID:21613263 | HubMed [Papadakis]