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Physiologic and Clinical Features of the Paralympic Athlete’s Heart

Physiologic and Clinical Features of the Paralympic Athlete’s Heart Key PointsQuestionWhat are the physiologic and clinical features of the Paralympic athlete's heart? FindingsThis cohort study included 252 consecutive Paralympic athletes who underwent cardiac evaluation. Cardiac remodeling in Paralympic athletes significantly differs, both in male and female athletes, depending on the type of injury and type of sport, with non–spinal cord injuries and endurance sports associated with the highest prevalence of training-associated electrocardiogram changes, the largest left ventricular cavity and mass, and the greatest peak oxygen uptake. MeaningThis report provides characterization of the Paralympic athlete’s heart according to the type of lesion and type of sport, which may find immediate implementation in the setting of preparticipation cardiovascular evaluation of these athletes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Cardiology American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
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Copyright 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2380-6583
eISSN
2380-6591
DOI
10.1001/jamacardio.2020.4306
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhat are the physiologic and clinical features of the Paralympic athlete's heart? FindingsThis cohort study included 252 consecutive Paralympic athletes who underwent cardiac evaluation. Cardiac remodeling in Paralympic athletes significantly differs, both in male and female athletes, depending on the type of injury and type of sport, with non–spinal cord injuries and endurance sports associated with the highest prevalence of training-associated electrocardiogram changes, the largest left ventricular cavity and mass, and the greatest peak oxygen uptake. MeaningThis report provides characterization of the Paralympic athlete’s heart according to the type of lesion and type of sport, which may find immediate implementation in the setting of preparticipation cardiovascular evaluation of these athletes.

Journal

JAMA CardiologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 23, 2021

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