Sudden cardiac death and the 'athlete's heart'.

  title={Sudden cardiac death and the 'athlete's heart'.},
  author={James Wight and Dorreya S E Salem},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={155 14},
OBJECTIVES To review the current literature pertaining to the cardiovascular adaptations to exercise and the impact on the physical examination, the electrocardiogram, and the echocardiogram, and to distinguish those physiologic changes from pathologic conditions associated with sudden cardiac death in athletes. DATA SYNTHESIS Specific cardiovascular adaptations occur in response to regular physical exercise. The extent of these changes depend on the type and duration of exercise as well as… CONTINUE READING