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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-18

The role of multimodality cardiac imaging for the assessment of sports eligibility in patients with bicuspid aortic valve


1 Chair of Cardiology, Second University of Naples, Monaldi Hospital, Ospedali dei Colli, Naples, Italy
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Sciences, Second University of Naples, Monaldi Hospital, Ospedali dei Colli, Naples, Italy

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Dr. Antonello D'Andrea
Via M. Schipa 44, Naples-80122
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2211-4122.158418

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Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) cannot be considered an innocent finding, but it is not necessarily a life-threatening condition. Athletes with BAV should undergo a thorough staging of the valve anatomy, taking into consideration hemodynamic factors, as well as aortic diameters and looking for other associated significant cardiovascular anomalies by use of a multimodality cardiac imaging approach. Furthermore an accurate follow-up is mandatory with serial cardiological controls in those allowed to continue sports.


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