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Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anomalous ventricular excitation syndrome
  • Auriculoventricular accessory pathway syndrome
  • False bundle branch block syndrome
  • Preexcitation syndrome
  • Ventricular familial preexcitation syndrome
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Can you do weight training or any other types of exercises if you have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

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What are the exercise recommendations for individuals with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome that do not have have tachycardia on ECG studies, usually do not have exercise restrictions. However, patients with tachycardia should avoid participating in competitive sports.[1] The lifetime risk of developing an arrhythmia or of sudden cardiac death for individuals with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome cannot be predicted. Unfortunately, specific risk factors that lead to arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death are not well established either, because no long-term follow-up studies in patients are currently available. Current management of WPW syndrome invovles electrophysiological testing and catheter ablation as needed.[2] Many patients can return to competitive sports after ablations have been successfully performed.[1] However, specific exercise guidelines are not established and you may need to consult with your medical provider to discuss personal recommendations.
Last updated: 8/27/2012