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      Prognostic Significance of Ventricular Extrasystoles in Healthy Professional Athletes: Results of a 5-Year Follow-Up

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          To assess the natural history of ventricular extrasystoles (VE), a 5-year follow-up of 52 professional endurance athletes was made. All remained well during this period. Forty-four accepted to undergo repeat extensive noninvasive cardiologic examination. In the 23 athletes still in activity at the second study the prevalence of total and complex VE at 24-hour Holter monitoring was substantially unchanged, while in the 21 subjects who had stopped training, complex VE were no longer present (p = 0.01 vs. baseline). Echocardiographic dimensional parameters were significantly higher in the still active atheletes than in the no longer active subjects; however, in the latter, left ventricular mass index was still greater than in a group of 40 sedentary subjects previously studied (107 vs. 81 g/m<sup>2</sup>; p = 0.001). High-intensity physical training does not seem to be harmful in athletes with complex VE, without evidence of underlying cardiac disease.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1993
          1993
          14 November 2008
          : 82
          : 4
          : 286-293
          Affiliations
          Institute of Clinical Medicine, 1 st Medical Clinic, University of Padua, Italy
          Article
          175877 Cardiology 1993;82:286–293
          10.1159/000175877
          7691409
          © 1993 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 8
          Categories
          Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation

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