Methods for Distinguishing Athlete’s Heart from Structural Heart Disease, with Emphasis on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
In young competitive athletes, the differential diagnosis between physiologic, nonpathologic changes in cardiac morphology associated with training (commonly referred to as “athlete’s heart”)  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) , which is the most comon cause of sudden death in young competitive athletes .
KeywordsLeft Ventricular Hypertrophy Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Structural Heart Disease Trained Athlete Left Ventricular Wall Thickness
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