Sudden cardiac death during anabolic steroid abuse: morphologic and toxicologic findings in two fatal cases of bodybuilders
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- Fineschi, V., Riezzo, I., Centini, F. et al. Int J Legal Med (2007) 121: 48. doi:10.1007/s00414-005-0055-9
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We report two cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) involving previously healthy bodybuilders who were chronic androgenic–anabolic steroids users. In both instances, autopsies, histology of the organs, and toxicologic screening were performed. Our findings support an emerging consensus that the effects of vigorous weight training, combined with anabolic steroid use and increased androgen sensitivity, may predispose these young men to myocardial injury and even SCD.