An Elite Athlete with Controversial Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

  • Barbara Di Giacinto
  • Fernando Maria Di Paolo
  • Antonio Pelliccia


This 17-year-old male athlete underwent cardiovascular evaluation in our Institute for the first time in 1995, selected as member of the national swimming team, based on his excellent athletic results. In the personal history no cardiac symptoms or previous cardiovascular diseases were reported. The family history was negative for known cardiovascular diseases and sudden cardiac death in close relatives.


Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Left Ventricular Systolic Function Left Ventricular Cavity Maximum Wall Thickness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Di Giacinto
    • 1
  • Fernando Maria Di Paolo
    • 2
  • Antonio Pelliccia
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Sport Medicine and Science, Italian National Olympic CommitteeDepartment of Sport Medicine, Largo Piero Gabrielli1 00197 RomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Sport Medicine and Science, Italian National Olympic CommitteeDepartment of MedicineRomeItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Sport Medicine and Science, Italian National Olympic CommitteeDepartment of Medicine, Largo Piero GabrielliRomeItaly

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