Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Sport Cardiology: a Growing Role in Clinical Dilemmas

Viviana Maestrini, Camilla Torlasco, Rebecca Hughes, James C. Moon

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Exercise training induces morphological and functional cardiovascular adaptation known as the “athlete’s heart” with changes including dilatation, hypertrophy, and increased stroke volume. These changes may overlap with pathological appearances. Distinguishing athletic cardiac remodelling from cardiomyopathy is important and is a frequent medical dilemma. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has a role in clinical care as it can refine discrimination of health from a disease where ECG and echocardiography alone have left or generated uncertainty. CMR can more precisely assess cardiac structure and function as well as characterise the myocardium detecting key changes including myocardial scar and diffuse fibrosis. In this review, we will review the role of CMR in sports cardiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-305
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Athlete’s heart
  • CMR
  • Sport cardiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)


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