Sudden Cardiac Death During Anabolic Steroid Abuse: Morphologic and Toxicologic Findings in Two Fatal Cases of Bodybuilders

Sudden Cardiac Death During Anabolic Steroid Abuse : Morphologic and Toxicologic Findings in Two Fatal Cases of Bodybuilders / Vittorio Fineschi, Irene Riezzo, Fabio Centini, Enrico Silingardi, Manuela Licata, Giovanni Beduschi, Steven B. Karch. - (International Journal of Legal Medicine 121 (2007) 1 (January); p. 48-53).
- PMID: 16292586.
- DOI: 10.1007/s00414-005-0055-9


We report two cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) involving previously healthy bodybuilders who were chronic androgenic-anabolic steroids users. In both instances, autopsies, histology of the organs, and toxicologic screening were performed. Our findings support an emerging consensus that the effects of vigorous weight training, combined with anabolic steroid use and increased androgen sensitivity, may predispose these young men to myocardial injury and even SCD.

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15 November 2005
Beduschi, Giovanni
Centini, Fabio
Fineschi, Vittorio
Karch, Steven B.
Licata, Manuela
Riezzo, Irene
Silingardi, Enrico
Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) - International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness
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Università degli Studi di Foggia - University of Foggia
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Università degli Studi di Siena (UNISI) - University of Siena
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S1. Anabolic Agents
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Cardiovascular diseases
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30 March 2020
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