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Heart 98:893-894 doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-301737
  • Images in cardiology

Left ventricular apical mechanics during ectopy in an asymptomatic athlete

  1. Rob Shave
  1. Department of Physiology and Health, Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eric J Stöhr, Department of Physiology and Health, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed Road, CF23 6XD Cardiff, UK; estohr{at}cardiffmet.ac.uk
  1. Contributors EJS contributed to the design of the study, data collection, data analysis and drafting of the manuscript. RS contributed to the design of the study and critical revision of the manuscript.

  • Received 27 January 2012
  • Accepted 14 February 2012
  • Published Online First 24 March 2012

The frequent occurrence of ventricular ectopics in athletes is thought to be a part of the physiological adaptation process as a consequence of regular exercise training.1 However, the acute impact of a premature ventricular contraction (PVC) on the mechanical sequence of the myocardium has never been shown. Here, we present data of left ventricular …