If you’re an athlete, there’s one muscle that can become too big: your heart. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive. The purpose of training, after all, is to grow and strengthen your muscles. Doesn’t a strong heart fuel athletic performance? In most cases, yes. In general, it’s completely normal and healthy for your heart to adapt to … Read More
It’s your physical and your doctor is coming at you with a cold stethoscope, ready to listen to your heart. But what does your heart have to say? Potentially, a lot. Comprised of four chambers and four valves, one of the heart’s most important jobs is to keep blood flowing in one direction. The valves … Read More
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A diagnosis of an enlarged heart in athletes may be a serious medical issue – or just a byproduct of an active lifestyle. The challenge for physicians is to differentiate between the two. About athlete’s heart The physical demands placed on the body can trigger an athlete’s heart to grow in size. This condition is called “athlete’s … Read More