Myocardial fibrosis in athletes: Current perspective

Łukasz A Małek*, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci

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Several previous studies suggested that prolonged and extensive physical activity might lead to increased prevalence of myocardial fibrosis in athletes. The review summarizes these studies focusing on common patterns of myocardial fibrosis observed in athletes, their potential causes and significance. It also presents recent research on parametric imaging shedding new light on diffuse myocardial fibrosis in athletes. Finally, it reviews how these traditional and novel cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques can be incorporated in the diagnostic work up to differentiate athlete's heart from cardiomyopathies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-888
Number of pages7
JournalClinical cardiology
Issue number8
Early online date19 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

© 2020 The Authors. Clinical Cardiology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Heart Institute


  • cardiac magnetic resonance
  • exercise
  • late gadolinium enhancement
  • physical activity
  • T1‐mapping
  • training


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