Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia in military pilots

Dan Carter*, Russell Pokroy, Erez Barenboim, Bella Azaria, Liav Goldstein

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Apical hypertrophic caraiomyopathy (ApHCM), a subtype of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, may be found incidentally in healthy young adults. Arrhythmias are poor prognostic signs, and are the most frequent cause of sudden cardiac death. We present two cases of military aviators with ApHCM. One was a high-performance jet weapon system operator, who had asymptomatic non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) and subsequently a symptomatic episode of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The second was a helicopter pilot, who had asymptomatic NSVT. Both aviators continue their aviation duties without exposure to +Gz under a regime of regular thorough cardiac assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-461
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Non-sustained ventricular tachycardia


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