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Thick Hearts, High Stakes, Great Uncertainties: Screening Athletes for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  1. Aaron Baggish (abaggish{at}
  1. Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
    1. P D Thompson (pthomps{at}
    1. Hartford Hospital, United States


      In 1958, British pathologist Donald Teare described a family in which 8 sudden death victims had marked asymmetric hypertrophy of the left ventricle,[1] a condition now known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Though much has been learned about HCM, a number of issues remain unresolved, including how best to prevent HCM-related sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. As recently as the 2008 British Cardiovascular Society meeting, experts in cardiovascular medicine continued this lively debate.[2] This editorial seeks to summarize the key issues regarding the detection and management of HCM in athletes.

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