Is this a typical ECG for an athlete?

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Correct Answer: No.

Rationale: The ECG illustrates normal sinus rhythm with T wave inversions throughout the precordial leads and the inferior leads. The T wave inversions in the lateral (V5 and/or V6) and inferior leads (II and aVF, excluding III) found on this ECG are not typical in athletes and may reflect pathology. This finding would warrant further investigation with imaging assessment.


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