If you are a young athlete and have chest pain, see a doctor right away. Only about 5 percent of chest pain in this group is caused by a heart issue — but those are the cases no one wants to miss.
Not all enlarged hearts are life threatening. Sometimes they’re a harmless effect of athletic training, known as “athlete’s heart.” Sports cardiology experts can tell the difference.
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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Research is proving that it’s never too late to start moving to improve your heart health. A recent study found very similar benefits from exercise for men who began exercising before age 30 and those who began after the age of 40. In fact, Cleveland Clinic sports cardiologist Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD says, “As soon as you … Read More
Exercise is good for you. But extreme athletes can push it past healthy limits and cause heart damage. Here’s what you need to know.