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  1. 1. Journal of the American College of Cardiology Vol. 61, No. 10, 2013© 2013 by the American College of Cardiology Foundation ISSN 0735-1097/$36.00Published by Elsevier Inc. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2012.08.1032 STATE-OF-THE-ART PAPER Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Practical Challenges and Diagnostic Dilemmas Navin Chandra, BSC (HONS), MBBS,*† Rachel Bastiaenen, MA, MBBS,* Michael Papadakis, MBBS,*† Sanjay Sharma, BSC (HONS), MD*† London, United Kingdom Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in an athlete is a rare yet highly visible tragedy that generates significant media attention and discussion among medical personnel, sports communities, and laypersons alike. The incidence of SCD is greater in athletes compared with their nonathletic counterparts due to the increased risk associated with strenuous exercise in the context of a quiescent cardiac abnormality. Numerous structural, electrical, and acquired cardiovascular abnormalities are capable of causing SCD, many of which can be identified during life and managed by lifestyle modifications, pharmacotherapy, and device therapy. Strategies for the prevention of SCD, including pre-participation cardiovascular screening, are endorsed by sports governing bodies, but manda- tory pre-participation cardiovascular screening remains rare. Evaluation of athletes poses diagnostic difficulties, particularly differentiating between physiological adaptation to exercise, known as athlete’s heart, and cardio- myopathic processes capable of causing SCD. This paper provides a detailed review regarding the etiology of SCD in young athletes and provides insight into the challenges and dilemmas faced when evaluating ath- letes for underlying pathological conditions. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2013;61:1027–40) © 2013 by the American College of Cardiology FoundationThe beneficial effects of regular exercise for primary and are perceived as the healthiest segment of society. Mostsecondary prevention of cardiovascular disease are well nontraumatic deaths are attributed to cardiovascular abnor-documented (1). Paradoxically, athletes harboring quiescent malities that can be identified during life and managed withcardiovascular abnormalities are at greater risk of exercise- lifestyle modifications including abstinence from exercise ofrelated sudden cardiac death (SCD). Data from Italy have high or moderate intensity, pharmacotherapy, and implant-shown a 2.8-fold greater risk of SCD among competitive able cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) (5). Prevention ofathletes compared with their nonathletic counterparts. SCD such catastrophes by pre-participation cardiovascular screeningresults from intense physical exercise in the context of an (PPS) is recommended by learned organizations and sportsunderlying cardiovascular abnormality (2). The mechanism governing bodies including the European Society of Cardi-is typically ventricular arrhythmia, probably due to exercise- ology (ESC), American Heart Association, and the Inter-induced catecholamine surges acting on an arrhythmogenic national Olympic Committee (6 – 8).substrate. Postulated contributory mechanisms also include This paper provides a detailed review regarding thedehydration, hyperpyrexia, electrolyte imbalances, and in- etiology of SCD in young athletes and provides insight intocreased platelet aggregation associated with exercise (3). the challenges and dilemmas faced when evaluating athletes The precise definition of an athlete is complex; however, for underlying pathological conditions.for the purposes of this review, we define an athlete as anindividual engaged in regular physical training and partici-pating in official sports competition with an emphasis on Epidemiology of SCD in Athletesexcellence and achievement (4). SCD in a young athlete isoften difficult for the public to comprehend because athletes The incidence of SCD among young athletes is a source of debate, particularly as studies differ in their methodology. Data compiled retrospectively from media reports, insur-From the *Cardiovascular Research Centre, St. George’s University of London, ance claims, and electronic databases are likely to representLondon, United Kingdom; and the †Department of Cardiology, University Hospital a significant underestimate. The most robust data areLewisham, London, United Kingdom. Drs. Chandra and Papadakis are funded byresearch grants from the charitable organization Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), derived from prospective, observational studies in Italy usingwhich supports pre-participation screening in young athletes. Prof. Sharma is regional registry data with mandatory reporting systems,consultant cardiologist to CRY and a CRY trustee. Ms. Bastiaenen has reported that which report incidence rates of 3.6/100,000 per year in theshe has no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose. Manuscript received May 28, 2012; revised manuscript received July 17, 2012, pre-screening era. More recent cross-sectional studies fromaccepted August 13, 2012. the United States have demonstrated relatively similar
  2. 2. 1028 Chandra et al. JACC Vol. 61, No. 10, 2013 Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes March 12, 2013:1027–40 Abbreviations figures with incidence rates rang- in younger athletes, inherited and other acquired cardiovas- and Acronyms ing from 2.3 to 4.4/100,000 per cular abnormalities are usually responsible (Fig. 1). Cardio- year (9 –11). myopathy, including HCM and arrhythmogenic right ven- ARVC ‫ ؍‬arrhythmogenic right ventricular There is a significant male tricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), is the most common cardiomyopathy predominance of SCD among cause of exercise-related SCD (5). BrS ‫ ؍‬Brugada syndrome athletes. Data from the National Structural cardiac abnormalities. HYPERTROPHIC CARDIO- CCAA ‫ ؍‬congenital Center for Catastrophic Sports MYOPATHY. The reported prevalence of HCM is 0.2% in coronary artery anomaly Injury Research on high school the general population and 0.07% to 0.08% in athletes (17). ECG ‫ ؍‬electrocardiography and college athletes reported a HCM is a primary myocardial disorder with an autosomal ER ‫ ؍‬early repolarization 5-fold higher incidence of SCD dominant pattern of inheritance, characterized by left ven- in male compared with female tricular hypertrophy (LVH) in the absence of abnormal ESC ‫ ؍‬European Society of Cardiology athletes (12). In the Veneto re- loading conditions and myocardial disarray on histology. HCM ‫ ؍‬hypertrophic gion of northern Italy, where Sudden death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ cardiomyopathy Ͼ110,000 athletes were evalu- ventricular fibrillation (VF) is often the first clinical mani- ICD ‫ ؍‬implantable ated over a 21-year follow-up festation (18). Deaths caused by HCM are common in cardioverter-defibrillator period, the incidence rates of start-stop sports, for example, football and basketball, but LQTS ‫ ؍‬long QT syndrome SCD were 2.6/100,000 person- rare in endurance events such as rowing, long-distance LV ‫ ؍‬left ventricular years in male athletes and 1.1/ cycling, and running. It is hypothesized that the combina- 100,000 person-years in their fe- tion of myocardial hypertrophy, impaired myocardial relax- LVH ‫ ؍‬left ventricular hypertrophy male counterparts (2). Several ation, myocardial ischemia, and dynamic left ventricular LVWT ‫ ؍‬left ventricular factors are implicated in this sex (LV) outflow obstruction impede augmentation of stroke wall thickness difference including lower partic- volume for prolonged periods, and individuals with HCM MVP ‫ ؍‬mitral valve ipation rates among female ath- are therefore usually selected out of endurance sports. prolapse letes at the elite level, although The diagnosis is made using electrocardiography (ECG) PPS ‫ ؍‬pre-participation this trend is changing, and lower and echocardiography. More than 90% of affected individ- screening prevalence of cardiac abnormali- uals have an abnormal resting electrocardiogram (Figs. 2A RV ‫ ؍‬right ventricular ties capable of causing SCD in and 2C) (19). All individuals with previous cardiac arrest or SCD ‫ ؍‬sudden cardiac females (13). sustained VT are at high risk of SCD and require treatment death Over the past 3 decades, there has with an ICD. Other recognized risk factors for SCD VF ‫ ؍‬ventricular fibrillation been an explosion in the number of include: 1) unheralded syncope; 2) family history of SCD; 3) VT ‫ ؍‬ventricular African/Afro-Caribbean (black) severe LVH (Ͼ30 mm); 4) sustained or nonsustained VT; tachycardia athletes competing at the elite level and 5) attenuated blood pressure response to exercise. These (14). SCD appears to be more com- 5 risk factors have low positive predictive value but high mon in this ethnic group, with a negative predictive value. Subjects exhibiting Ն1 of the 5reported incidence rate of 5.6/100,000 per year in the United risk markers should be considered for prophylactic insertionStates (11). Cardiomyopathy has been consistently demonstrated of an ICD (20).as the most common cause of exercise-related SCD in youngathletes. Data from U.S. autopsy series have reported higher death ARRHYTHMOGENIC RIGHT VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY.rates from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in black com- ARVC has a reported prevalence of 1/1,000 in the generalpared with white athletes (20% vs. 10%, respectively), raising population. It is an inherited myocardial disease caused byconcern that this condition may exhibit a more malignant phe- mutations in genes encoding cardiac desmosomal proteinsnotype in black individuals (15). (21). The mechanism of SCD is complex and myocardial Sudden death occurs more frequently in certain sports. In stretch and myocyte detachment during exercise are thoughtthe United States, basketball and football have the greatest to result in ventricular arrhythmia and SCD. In survivors,incidence, whereas in Europe, soccer predominates (16). focal myocarditis with subsequent healing leads to progres-Extrapolation of this observation suggests that individuals sive fibrofatty replacement of the myocardium and a pro-participating in sports of high dynamic and low isometric pensity to VT/VF. Macroscopic appearances include rightintensity are at higher risk of death. However, there is the ventricular (RV) dilation, dysfunction, and aneurysm for-potential for data bias due to higher participation rates in mation (22). Exercise exacerbates these pathophysiologicalthese sports. changes, and a 5-fold higher risk of SCD in ARVC has been demonstrated during competitive sports compared with sedentary activity (2). Diagnosis relies on meeting theEtiology of SCD in Athletes 2010 ARVC Task Force criteria, which include symptoms, family history, resting/ambulatory electrocardiographic changes,In athletes older than 35 years of age, 80% of SCD is echocardiographic and cardiac magnetic resonance imagingfrequently due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, but and myocardial tissue characterization (Figs. 2B and 2D)
  3. 3. JACC Vol. 61, No. 10, 2013 Chandra et al. 1029March 12, 2013:1027–40 Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Figure 1 Common Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes The common causes of SCD in young athletes Ͻ35 years old can be divided into structural, electrical, and acquired cardiac abnormalities (22).(23). Previous cardiac arrest, unexplained syncope, VT with tomography coronary angiography are the gold standardhemodynamic compromise and extensive structural disease imaging modalities (27). The usual recommended therapyincluding LV involvement are risk factors for SCD and for CCAA is surgical correction; however, there is contro-should prompt consideration of prophylactic ICD implan- versy regarding which specific types of CCAA require surgicaltation (20,24). correction in an asymptomatic athlete. Although surgery is almost universally recommended for left-sided CCAA, clinicalCONGENITAL CORONARY ARTERY ANOMALIES. Congenital management of a right-sided CCAA is more uncertain. It hascoronary artery anomalies (CCAAs) reportedly cause SCD been suggested that an intramural course, acute-angled takein 12% to 33% of athletes. The most common anomalies off, stenosis, or slitlike opening carry higher risk (25).implicated are left coronary artery origins in the right sinusof Valsalva and right coronary artery origins in the left sinus OTHER STRUCTURAL CARDIAC ABNORMALITIES. Other struc-of Valsalva (25). SCD results from ventricular arrhythmia tural cardiac abnormalities associated with SCD includetriggered by myocardial ischemia during exercise. Coronary aortic dissection/rupture typically in the context of Marfanblood flow is impaired by the abnormal ostium of the syndrome, mitral valve prolapse (MVP), and aortic stenosis.anomalous vessel, compression of the anomalous artery as it Marfan syndrome is a collagen disorder caused by mutationscourses between the pulmonary artery and ascending aorta, in the gene encoding fibrillin, inherited as an autosomaland/or coronary spasm triggered by endothelial dysfunction dominant trait with a prevalence of 1 in 5,000. It accounts(26). Victims of SCD due to CCAA are often asymptom- for approximately 3% of exercise-related SCD in youngatic before presentation, although chest pain associated with athletes and is characterized by skeletal, cardiac, and ocularsyncope should raise suspicion of the disorder. abnormalities. Cystic medial necrosis in the tunica media of the Diagnosis using ECG, echocardiography, and exercise aorta results in aortic dilation, dissection, or rupture, whichstress testing is notoriously difficult because affected indi- may be expedited by the increases in aortic pressureviduals rarely reveal features of inducible ischemia during associated with exercise (28,29). Marfan patients shouldexercise stress testing or pharmacological functional tests. be prohibited from isometric or isotonic exercise ofCardiac magnetic resonance angiography and computed moderate to high intensity. Individuals with an enlarged

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