Global left ventricular shape is not altered as a consequence of physiologic remodeling in highly trained athletes

Am J Cardiol. 2000 Sep 15;86(6):700-2, A9. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(00)01059-6.


It is uncertain whether left ventricular (LV) shape is altered as a consequence of intensive athletic conditioning. We assessed LV dimensions and shape by Fourier analysis from digitized LV endocardial borders in 22 elite rowers and 14 untrained controls. Athletes had greatly increased LV cavity dimension, wall thickness, volume, and mass; however, LV shape was normal in athletes, and associated with normal ejection fraction and diastolic filling pattern.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Echocardiography, Doppler
  • Electrocardiography
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Contraction
  • Prognosis
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Ventricular Function
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology*
  • Ventricular Remodeling / physiology*