Title

Sudden death due to aortic pathology.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Identifier

DOI: 10.1017/S1047951116002213

Abstract

Sudden death from aortic dissection of an ascending aortic aneurysm is an uncommon but important finding in all series of sudden death in young, apparently healthy athletes. Individuals at risk include those having any of a variety of conditions in which structural weakness of the ascending aorta predisposes to pathological dilation under prolonged periods of increased wall stress. These conditions include Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, bicuspid aortic valve, and the vascular form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Diagnostic criteria, surveillance strategies, medical management, and surgical indications are discussed. Finally, the current recommendations for sports participation are provided.

Journal Title

Cardiology in the young

Volume

27

Issue

S1

First Page

36

Last Page

36

MeSH Keywords

Adolescent; Aneurysm, Dissecting; Aorta; Aortic Aneurysm; Athletes; Child; Death, Sudden; Dilatation, Pathologic; Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; Exercise; Guidelines as Topic; Heart Defects, Congenital; Humans; Loeys-Dietz Syndrome; Marfan Syndrome; Sports

Keywords

Aortic dissection; Loeys–Dietz syndrome; Marfan syndrome; aortic aneurysm; bicuspid aortic valve

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