In my column this month at Endurance Corner, I write about the potential harm to the heart that might result from exercise. We’ve known for a long while about the many beneficial effects of exercise, but investigators are just beginning to learn about the potential for short- and long-term adverse consequences on the heart.
I’m sure there will be more to come on this issue.
On average for how long and how intensively do athletes train before they may develop Athletic Heart Syndrome? If someone’s resting pulse dropped from 60bpm to 50bpm, would this be explainable by fairly intensive once weekly sports activity over the course of 6 months or is a pathological cause more likely? Thanks
Lawrence L. Creswell, M.D. says
If I were a betting man, I’d bet on exercise being the cause. Healthy reduction in the resting heart rate.