Dilated inferior vena cava: a common echocardiographic finding in highly trained elite athletes.

@article{Goldhammer1999DilatedIV,
  title={Dilated inferior vena cava: a common echocardiographic finding in highly trained elite athletes.},
  author={E. I. Goldhammer and N Mesnick and Edward G. Abinader and Michael Sagiv},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  year={1999},
  volume={12 11},
  pages={988-93}
}
Typical structural features of the athlete's heart as defined by echocardiography have been extensively described; however, information concerning extracardiac structures such as the inferior vena cava (IVC) is scarce. Fifty-eight top-level athletes and 30 healthy members of a matched control group underwent a complete Doppler echocardiographic study. IVC diameter was determined in the subxiphoid approach 10 to 20 mm away from its junction to the right atrium. Measures reflect the median values… CONTINUE READING

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