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Methods for Distinguishing Athlete’s Heart from Structural Heart Disease, with Emphasis on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

  • B. J. Maron

Abstract

In young competitive athletes, the differential diagnosis between physiologic, nonpathologic changes in cardiac morphology associated with training (commonly referred to as “athlete’s heart”) [1] and certain cardiac diseases with the potential for sudden death represents an important and not uncommon clinical problem. Such crucial diagnostic distinctions often involve hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) [2], which is the most comon cause of sudden death in young competitive athletes [3].

Keywords

Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Structural Heart Disease Trained Athlete Left Ventricular Wall Thickness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Maron
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiovascular Research DivisionMinneapolis Heart Institute FoundationMinneapolisUSA

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