Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: When Your Heart’s Too Big

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

Is Marathon Training Too Hard on Your Heart?

Marathons push the envelope of a human’s physical limitations. But can the strenuous training for this ultimate endurance test push a runner’s heart too hard? Outwardly healthy runners do on rare occasion collapse with unforeseen heart issues.  Should a middle-aged recreational runner worry about straining his heart when ramping up training for the big race? … Read More

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Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

For kids with a heart rhythm disorder called long Q-T syndrome, or LQTS, sports are not usually an option. That may change soon. A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safer for these children than originally thought. Researchers studied more than 100 children with LQTS, a rare inherited arrhythmia disorder that affects … Read More

Running is a Life-Saver, Study Finds

A new study finds that running just a few minutes each day may significantly decrease your risk for heart disease. And you don’t have to run very far or very fast to improve your heart health. The researchers concluded that running even 5 to 10 minutes each day is good. It “is associated with markedly reduced risks … Read More

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What to Expect When Your Doctor Orders an ECG to Play Sports

Back to school time means back to sports. Before training begins you will often be required to complete a pre-participation athletic screening. Generally, this involves filling out a form that asks you questions about your medical history and your family’s. For most athletes, the screening stops there. However, when a physician feels that an athlete’s … Read More