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- Received March 19, 2018
- Revision received April 17, 2018
- Accepted April 19, 2018
- Published online September 3, 2018.
- Flavio D’Ascenzi, MD, PhDa,∗ (, )@FlavioDascenzi,
- Marco Solari, MDa,
- Domenico Corrado, MD, PhDb,
- Alessandro Zorzi, MD, PhDb and
- Sergio Mondillo, MDa
- aDepartment of Medical Biotechnologies, Division of Cardiology, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
- bDepartment of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Sciences, Division of Cardiology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Flavio D’Ascenzi, Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Division of Cardiology, University of Siena, Viale M. Bracci, 16 53100 Siena, Italy.
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an important cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in youth and athletes. In the last decade, several studies focused on right ventricular (RV) remodeling in athletes and revealed that features of the physiological adaptation of the right heart to training, such as RV dilation, may overlap with those of ARVC. Therefore, a careful multiparametric evaluation is required for differential diagnosis in order to avoid false diagnosis of ARVC or, in contrast, fail to identify the risk of causing SCD. This review summarizes physiological adaptation of the RV to exercise and describes features that could help distinguishing between athlete’s heart and ARVC.
All authors have reported that they have no industrial relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received March 19, 2018.
- Revision received April 17, 2018.
- Accepted April 19, 2018.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation
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