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      Anabolic Steroid Use as the Possible Precipitant of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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          Anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use is common among young males, including adolescents. There have been several anecdotal reports of severe cardiovascular events in self-reported young users of AAS, including acute myocardial infarction, sudden cardiac death, and cardiomyopathy. We present an additional case of a young male weight lifter who presented with dyspnea and chest pain attributable to dilated cardiomyopathy (DC), his only known risk factor being the recent use of AAS. The possible role of AAS in the development of DC is discussed.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1997
          1997
          19 November 2008
          : 88
          : 2
          : 218-220
          Affiliations
          Departments of aEmergency Medicine and bCardiology, Albany Medical Center, and cDepartment of Cardiology, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, N.Y., USA
          Article
          177333 Cardiology 1997;88:218–220
          10.1159/000177333
          9096926
          © 1997 S. Karger AG, Basel

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