Sports Cardiology

The Emerging World of Sports Cardiology

Globally we hold our athletes in the highest regard. Every four years, we send our greatest athletes to represent our country at the Olympic Games. For many of us, the athlete is the epitome of physical health and fitness. However, just like any of us, athletes can suffer from heart disease.

For the young athlete, typically those individuals under age 35, these diseases are most commonly congenital conditions that cause abnormalities in the thickness of the heart muscle, the origins of the heart arteries, or changes in the electrical system of the heart that predispose them to arrhythmias. In the more mature individual, heart disease comes in the form of common disorders such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation
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I am always surprised that many accomplished endurance athletes have stories filled with lifestyle choices that include poor diets, toxic habits like smoking, and significant family history of heart disease. In fact, studies of marathon runners find that a disproportionate number are former smokers. In fact, these underlying predispositions are often the reason that many athletes turn to endurance training in their 40s and 50s. Unfortunately, many of the lifestyle choices we make in our 20s and 30s affect our heart risk throughout life.
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