Vol 16, No 6 (2009)
Case Reports
Published online: 2009-11-19

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Idiopathic intrafascicular reentrant left ventricular tachycardia in an elite cyclist athlete

Andrés Ricardo Pérez Riera, Ricardo Gitti Ragognete, Celso Ferreira Filho, Marcelo Ferreira, Edgardo Schapachnik, Sergio Dubner, Celso Ferreira, Agnieszka Mochon, Li Zhang
Cardiol J 2009;16(6):564-567.


A 32 year-old Caucasian male, an elite athlete, was admitted to the emergency department because of a sudden onset of palpitations which had lasted more than 12 hours and were associated with chest discomfort. He had a two-year history of recurrent stress-induced palpitations. He denied either episodes of syncope or any family history of sudden death. Physical examination was normal. He had no evidence of structural heart disease. The electrocardiography (ECG) documented during the event supported the diagnosis of idiopathic reentrant left ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia ablation was successful. This case demonstrates that a careful physical examination and correct ECG diagnosis can lead to an appropriate arrhythmia management.

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