A Shocking Development in a Young Male Athlete With Chest Pain

P atient presentation: A 32-year-old male endurance athlete with no significant past history was admitted after experiencing multiple episodes of chest tightness while training for a triathlon. Occasionally, when running up hills, he noted substernal chest pressure that radiated to his left arm and was associated with severe shortness of breath. His past medical history includes seasonal allergic rhinitis and childhood asthma. He takes cetirizine/pseudoephedrine occasionally, but has not taken it recently, and denies taking any other medication or over-the-counter supplement. He admits to occasional binge drinking of 6 to 10 beers once or twice a month. He quit smoking 2 years ago but previously smoked a pack a week for 5 years. He also endorsed a remote history of cocaine use and recent marijuana and energy drink (1–2 small cans; 80 mg of caffeine per 8.4-oz can) use. His family history is only notable for a maternal grandmother who had a myocardial infarction in her 60s and a sister diagnosed with an atrial tachycardia. There is no history of premature coronary artery disease, heart failure, or sudden death. His biological parents and brother are alive and well.

Autor / Fonte:Kevin M. Alexander, Mahdi R. Veillet-Chowdhury, Ciorsti J. MacIntyre, Joseph Loscalzo and Deepak L. Bhatt http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.019127 Published: February 23, 2016
Link: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/133/8/756