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Article on Sports Cardiology that may be of interest to some
This article, Sports Cardiology: Core Curriculum for Providing Cardiovascular Care to Competitive Athletes and Highly Active People, may be of interest to some of you. It is written for doctors and is rather complex, but may contain valuable insights (even if just other options) for competitive athletes.
(Coauthors of this paper include Dr. Mark Link and Dr. Rachel Lampert, both of whom have covered afib and exercise at our Afib Patient Conference.)
Jeanamo, December 2, 2017 10:29am ESTThanks for this information, Mellanie. I think there are some members of this forum who will be very interested in it.....especially those who have been athletes and would like to remain active in sports.(Wish I were one of them who could...)Jean(My A-fib Experience Community Leader)
AFIBLifter, April 23, 2019 3:21pm EST
Very interesting but ultimately inconclusive for the only question I have that could impact my own decisions: Is if safe for me to continue training hard (weight lifting, especially the olympic lifts, since I'm willing to reduce running to slow jogging), or Not... I hear very different answers, but based on very little proof other than NOTHING or "my doctor said" :)
MellanieSAF, April 24, 2019 10:38am EST
From what I have heard over the years, I conclude that "lower weight and more reps" is a more heart-friendly approach.
The issue for athletes often is that the more you stretch the atria of the heart (having a lower heart rate and thus filling the heart with a greater volume of blood), the more likely you are to develop scar tissue (called fibrosis) where the stretching in the atrium occurs. That seems to be the reason for a lot of athletes developing afib.
We (StopAfib.org) are collaborating with Dr. Rachel Lampert, an electrophysiologist at Yale, to develop a survey for athletes with afib to help doctors and athletes learn more.
AFIBLifter, May 27, 2019 8:06am EST
Thank you, it would really be great to ehar moreabout the study (or even participate if possible remote- Sweden - but in today's connected world it could be possible to design studies on remote. You would to some extent lose control of the exercise but monitoring the heart should be No problemo)
MellanieSAF, May 27, 2019 10:56am EST
Here is more info and how to access the survey about Athletes with Afib that I was referring to above, which is being conducted by Dr. Lampert at Yale. I believe athletes around the globe are invited to participate in it.