ABSTRACT: E.Z. former world champion and holder of several gold and silver medals from Olympic Games as long-distance runner, underwent at the age of 71 comprehensive investigations. In 1993 following methods were used to establish E.Z. body build and health: Family, personal and sports history, anthropometry, somatotype, body composition posture values, sports medicine examination, ECG at rest, X-rays of the lung and heart, echocardiography at rest, systolic time intervals at rest, spirography at rest, hematology, biochemistry, X-rays of bones, exercise ECG changes and spiroergometry. Today, a typical feature of E.Z.'s bodybuild is a great amount of body fats, flabby musculature, faulty posture, restricted mobility of the spinal column and surprisingly good foot arches. The clinical findings are appropriate for his age, on his ECG at rest are signs of subendocardial ischemia above the left ventricle, atrial fibrillation and ventricular extrasystoles (Lown 1 a-b). Exercise ECG resulted in a deepening of the ischaemic changes already at a working load of 50 W. Hematology revealed normochromic macrocyt anaemia, biochemistry a borderline mineralogram, hyperuricaemia, higher S-GMT and HDL-C, T-C at the limit of normal values. X-rays of the bones were remarkable in two findings of that age. The pelvis, lumbar spine and knee joints were free of the usual pathological findings (osteoarthrosis), but presented with an exceptionally advanced osteoporosis.
Sbornik lekarsky 02/1994; 95(2):139-55.