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Cardiovascular Screening for Sports Participants Distance Learning Module Authors : Dr David Oxborough
Information Credits: Disclosures for Authors: None Disclosures for Editors: None Target Audience: Physiologists and medical staff performing echocardiography wishing to develop or maintain competence in this field. Learning Objectives: To understand the role echocardiography plays in screening young athletes (age 14 to 35 years) for inherited cardiovascular disease. Term: Launch date March 2015, expiry date 31 st March Contact: If you have any queries or comments about this module or the DLM programme, please contact Dawn Appleby Tel: Fax:
Instructions This distance learning module should be read in conjunction with the British Society of Echocardiography / Cardiac Risk in the Young Guideline for the Practice of Echocardiography in Cardiovascular Screening of Sports Participants. The module features interactive elements intended to highlight important concepts. Clarification of terms which may be unfamiliar is provided. The module concludes with an MCQ designed to check understanding. Feedback and a score are provided at the end of the test. A suggested reading list is also provided.
Introduction Cardiac sudden death in a young person, especially those who are seemingly healthy with no previous symptoms, is a tragic event that generates significant levels of concern from both the medical and wider communities. Currently in the UK, anecdotal evidence suggests that twelve young people die per week as a cause of previously undiagnosed inherited cardiac disease. It has been suggested that 81 % of these deaths occur during or immediately following exercise with 6 % occurring in competitive athletes. This data is supported by evidence from the US where two large population based studies demonstrate an average of 66 and 55 athletes respectively, dying from cardiac sudden death per year. Furthermore 96 % of all sudden cardiac deaths appear to be associated with male gender and 75 % between the ages of 18 to 35 years. Exercise appears to act as a trigger for individuals who are predisposed to cardiac sudden death and therefore there is a growing awareness for the need for pre-participation screening. The European Society of Cardiology advocate the use of a screening health questionnaire and a 12-lead ECG for all competitive athletes and if any individual presents with potential abnormalities (including T-wave inversion, symptoms, family history) they are subsequently referred for an echocardiogram. In view of this, echocardiography plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis or exclusion of inherited cardiac disease with any missed diagnosis having serious implications for the athlete.
Epidemiology and the Conditions There are a number of detectable conditions that cause cardiac sudden death in an athlete. The absolute figures are debateable with often variable data from different geographical regions. That aside data from the US provides us with a general understanding of specific epidemiology of cardiac sudden death syndromes (see figure below).
The ECG should be the first investigation Current European recommendations for cardiac screening of the athlete state that the ECG should be the primary investigation. The ECG should be interpreted in accordance with specific European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines and in the context of the individuals’ symptoms, family history and clinical examination. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is recommended if an athlete presents with Group 2 ECG changes (see below), cardiovascular symptoms, abnormal physical examination findings or a family history of sudden death under the age of 40.
A full standard Echocardiogram should be performed The athlete’s TTE should be performed according to the BSE Minimum Dataset for a Standard Transthoracic Echocardiogram in an Adult, and should also take into account recommendations made in the Supplementary Protocols for Comprehensive Assessment of the Right Heart and the Assessment of Diastolic Function. Details of where and how to measure these echo parameters are given in these three protocols. There are however, additional elements that may be considered optional in non-athletes that become mandatory for accurate interpretation of the athlete’s echocardiogram (see next slide).
A full standard Echocardiogram should be performed with additional images
A full standard Echocardiogram should be performed Prior to the echocardiographic examination, the operator needs to be aware of a number of fundamental factors that may influence interpretation. These include: Age Gender Ethnicity Training type and volume Body size Symptoms Echocardiographic Focus and Interpretation SexAgeEthnicityBSA Group 2 ECG changes Symptoms Training Volume Type of Sport and Level (elite / recreational) Family history of unexplained cardiac death under the age of 40 years
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Sport All echocardiographers involved in cardiac screening should have an understanding of the physiological adaptation in cardiac structure and function to regular exercise. The main adaptation is eccentric hypertrophy of all cardiac chambers but this can be variable depending on the type and volume of exercise training. The table is adapted from a recent systematic review and meta- analysis and highlights normal ranges for trained athletes. This includes those that engage in resistance activity and endurance activity. Resistance activity is defined as anaerobic isometric exercise at incremental workloads of 40-60% of maximum heart rate and includes sporting disciplines such as martial arts, wind- surfing, weight-lifting. Endurance activity is defined as aerobic isotonic dynamic exercise at incremental workloads of 70-90% of maximum heart rate and includes sporting disciplines such as long and middle distance running, swimming or cycling, soccer and basketball. It is important to note that many sporting disciplines involve a combination of resistance and endurance exercise such as boxing, rugby, rowing and American football and therefore there is likely to be an overlap in normal ranges.
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Sport The greatest degree of left ventricular, right ventricular and atrial remodelling occurs in those athletes that engage in sporting activities that includes both high dynamic and high static components.
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Training Volume The magnitude of cardiac adaptation is dependent on the patient’s level of physical activity, as defined by the training volume. The total volume of training can be defined as (volume = intensity x duration) or Metabolic Equivalent (MET-h/week = METS x duration). An example of a select range of sporting disciplines and their specific METS is highlighted in table 36. In summary, low- intensity exercise is defined as corresponding to 1.8 to 2.9 METS, moderate-intensity is defined as corresponding to 3-6 METS and high-intensity exercise is defined as > 6 METS. Sport.
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Age and Sex The athletes age may influence the magnitude of cardiac adaptation. Post- pubescent junior athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 demonstrate eccentric remodelling of the left ventricle compared to non-athletic controls. There are no studies looking at the right ventricle or atria in this population, however it would be sensible to expect a similar magnitude of adaptation. It is also apparent that although junior athletes demonstrate adaptation it appears to be at a lower level then their elite, senior counterparts. Cardiac chamber dimensions in female athletes very rarely fall outside the normative range. Irrespective of body size, the LV cavity dimension rarely exceeds 65mm. Sport. Training Volume
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Ethnicity Black athletes are likely to present with a higher incidence of abnormal ECG findings (T-wave inversions) compared to white athletes and therefore they are more likely to be referred for echocardiography. Black athletes demonstrate a significantly larger left ventricular wall thickness when compared to white athletes and normative cut-offs should reflect this (see algorithms). The right ventricle does not appear to adapt differently in different ethnic groups. Athletes of Middle Eastern and South and East Asian ethnicity do not have different adaptation compared to white athletes Sport Training Volume Age and Sex
Additional Considerations for Echocardiographic Interpretation Ethnicity There is a higher incidence of excess trabeculations in athletes and these appear to be more associated with T-wave inversion and black ethnicity Sport Training Volume Age and Sex
The Algorithms Ethnicity Sport Training Volume Age and SexAlgorithms
The Algorithms Ethnicity Sport Training Volume Age and SexAlgorithms
CASE 1 A 25 year old male elite footballer of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity is referred for pre-participation screening. The athlete engages in predominantly dynamic (endurance) exercise training for approximately 30 hours per week and has no symptoms or family history of explained sudden death. On examination his blood pressure is 120/70 mmHg. His height is 184 cm with a body mass of 75 kg. HYPERTRABECULATION
Prior to Echocardiography Ethnicity = Black (ethnicity and gender suggests wall thicknesses up to 14mm, high prevalence of hypertrabeculation in black athletes) Training Type = Football / High Dynamic (eccentric hypertrophy more likely) Training Volume = High (training volume suggests increased cavity size of both LV, Atria and RV). BSA = 1.94cm 2 (normal anthropometry) ECG = Early repolarisation and T wave inversion (not lateral) (this is a typical ECG from an elite black athlete, expect hypertrabeculation and/or increased eccentric / concentric hypertrophy)
Echocardiography Key Findings Normal LV size when indexed for BSA with normal geometry. Maximum LV wall thickness = 12mm Good systolic and diastolic function evidenced with an EF of 60%, normal transmitral E/A and Septal E’ = 12cm/s, Lateral E’ = 17cm/s Marked mid to apical hyper-trabeculation To Exclude Isolated Left Ventricular Non-Compaction These findings are consistent with athletic adaptation
Hypertrabeculation Vs. ILVNC ATHLETE ILVNC Hypertrabeculation is common in elite athletes with a higher prevalence in those of black ethnicity and may be associated with T-wave inversion on ECG ILVNC patients usually have LV systolic or diastolic dysfunction Additional imaging may be beneficial in cases with marked hypetrabeculation
CASE 2 A 22 year old male elite footballer of Caucasian ethnicity is referred for pre-participation screening. The athlete engages in predominantly dynamic (endurance) exercise training for approximately 25 hours per week. He has no symptoms but a family history of an explained death in a sibling at the age of 22 years old. On examination his blood pressure is 120/60 mmHg. His height is 170 cm with a body mass of 70 kg.
Prior to Echocardiography Ethnicity = Caucasian (ethnicity and gender suggests wall thicknesses up to 12mm) Training Type = Football / High Dynamic (eccentric hypertrophy more likely) Training Volume = High (training volume suggests increased cavity size of both LV, Atria and RV). BSA = 1.82cm 2 (normal anthropometry) ECG = Lateral T wave inversion (is not consistent with athletic adaptation and should consider pathology)
Echocardiography Key Findings Normal LV size (45mm) when indexed for BSA with normal geometry – would be considered small for training volume Maximum LV wall thickness = 13mm but no evidence of asymmetric hypertrophy or outflow obstruction Good systolic and global diastolic function however myocardial diastolic velocities are low (Septal E’ = 7cm/s) Normal RV structure and function This athlete was referred for further investigations and diagnosed with a mild phenotype HCM
CASE 3 A 27 year old male, caucasian elite cyclist is referred for pre-participation screening. The athlete engages in a mixed type training involving both high static (resistance) and high dynamic (endurance) activity for 45 hours per week. He has no symptoms or family history of unexplained sudden death. On examination his blood pressure is 110/65 mmHg. His height is 190 cm with a body mass of 83 kg.
Prior to Echocardiography Ethnicity = Caucasian (ethnicity and gender suggests wall thicknesses up to 12mm) Training Type = Cycling / High Dynamic and High Static (eccentric hypertrophy very likely) Training Volume = High (training volume suggests increased cavity size of both LV, Atria and RV). BSA = 2.09cm 2 (increased BSA) ECG = Partial RBBB, Inferior T-wave inversion, early repolarisation, isolated voltage criteria for LVH (with exception of theT wave inversion the rest of the ECG demonstrates training related adaptation)
Echocardiography Key Findings LV size is enlarged (72mm) with increased indexed LV mass and a RWT of This is eccentric hypertrophy. LV systolic function is at the lower end of normal (EF of 52% and septal S’ = 7cm/s, however lateral wall is normal 12cm/s) Transmitral E/A is normal but borderline reduced septal E’ = 9cm/s and normal lateral E’ = 15cm/s. Enlarged RV inflow and outflow but functions well and both atria are enlarged. Need to exclude dilated cardiomyopathy. The athlete underwent a short exercise stimulus and all myocardial velocities and EF improved demonstrating RESERVE cMRI demonstrated athletic adaptation of all cardiac chambers
CASE 4 A 27 year old male, caucasian recreational long-distance runner is referred for echocardiography following syncope during a marathon race. His training volume involves 6 hours per week of dynamic (endurance) training only. He has no family history of sudden cardiac death. On examination is blood pressure is 115/70 mmHg. His height is 177 cm with a body mass of 68 kg. Additional finding of a Pectus Excavatum.
Prior to Echocardiography Ethnicity = Caucasian (ethnicity and gender suggests wall thicknesses up to 12mm) Training Type = Long Distance Running / High Dynamic and Moderate Static (eccentric hypertrophy likely) Training Volume = Low (training volume suggests adaptation will be at a lower degree). BSA = 1.83cm 2 (normal anthropometry) ECG = T-wave inversion V1-V3 (Need to exclude ARVC – this is unlikely to be training related without early repolarisation) Pectus Excavatum (May impact on the anterior/lateral RV free wall)
Echocardiography Key Findings LV size and wall thicknesses are within normal limits for body size. The RV is not dilated but appears compressed at the base giving an abnormal geometry. RV function is normal (RVFAC= 40% and normal annular velocities (S’ = 16m/s). The RV outflow was normal size. Although there is an abnormal RV geometry, function is normal and no criteria for ARVC is met. The recreational athlete underwent cardiac MRI and was diagnosed with some compression secondary to pectus excavatum Key Learning POINT: Look for pectus excavatum during pre-participation screening Key Learning POINT: Look for pectus excavatum during pre-participation screening
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