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Left Ventricular Noncompaction and Athletes—Reply

David C. Peritz, MD1; Eugene H. Chung, MD2
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1Department of Medicine/Pediatrics, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
2Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(1):142. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7003.
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In Reply We thank Secades and colleagues for their interest in our case report.1 The diagnosis of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) carries with it significant consequences, especially for the competitive athlete of Afro-Caribbean descent.2 We agree that the current diagnostic criteria for LVNC are inadequate. Tizón-Marcos and colleagues3 recently showed that healthy young men demonstrate a variable amount of trabeculation and an incidence of noncompaction cardiomyopathy greater than anticipated when applying the current criteria.

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January 1, 2015
Sandra Secades, MD; Maria Martín, MD, PhD; Cesar Morís, MD, PhD
1Department of Cardiology, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(1):141-142. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6980.
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