Journal of Cardiovascular Echography

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 139--148

Echocardiography in Athletes in Primary Prevention of Sudden Death


Juri Radmilovic1, Antonello D’Andrea1, Andrea D’Amato2, Ercole Tagliamonte3, Simona Sperlongano5, Lucia Riegler3, Raffaella Scarafile3, Alberto Forni3, Giuseppe Muscogiuri4, Gianluca Pontone4, Maurizio Galderisi2, Maria Giovanna Russo6 
1 Department of Cardiology, Umberto I, Nocera Inferiore; Department of Cardiology, Luigi Vanvitelli University of Naples, Monaldi Hospital, Naples, Italy
2 Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
3 Department of Cardiology, Umberto I, Nocera Inferiore, Italy
4 Department of Radiology, Centro Cardiologico Monzino, IRCCS, Milan, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Antonello D’Andrea
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 121A, 80121 Naples
Italy

Echocardiography is a noninvasive imaging technique useful to provide clinical data regarding physiological adaptations of athlete's heart. Echocardiographic characteristics may be helpful for the clinicians to identify structural cardiac disease, responsible of sudden death during sport activities. The application of echocardiography in preparticipation screening might be essential: it shows high sensitivity and specificity for identification of structural cardiac disease and it is the first-line imagining technique for primary prevention of SCD in athletes. Moreover, new echocardiographic techniques distinguish extreme sport cardiac remodeling from beginning state of cardiomyopathy, as hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricle dysplasia. The aim of this paper is to review the scientific literature and the clinical knowledge about athlete's heart and main structural heart disease and to describe the rule of echocardiography in primary prevention of SCD in athletes.


How to cite this article:
Radmilovic J, D’Andrea A, D’Amato A, Tagliamonte E, Sperlongano S, Riegler L, Scarafile R, Forni A, Muscogiuri G, Pontone G, Galderisi M, Russo MG. Echocardiography in Athletes in Primary Prevention of Sudden Death.J Cardiovasc Echography 2019;29:139-148


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Radmilovic J, D’Andrea A, D’Amato A, Tagliamonte E, Sperlongano S, Riegler L, Scarafile R, Forni A, Muscogiuri G, Pontone G, Galderisi M, Russo MG. Echocardiography in Athletes in Primary Prevention of Sudden Death. J Cardiovasc Echography [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 4 ];29:139-148
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