EM1701E "The Athlete's Heart: Friend or Foe?" (IM GR-012717)
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the physiological and pathophysiological cardiovascular adaptations that occur in endurance athletes, and are known collectively as “the athletes heart”. The normal adaptive response to endurance training will be discussed in both younger and older athletes and literature describing adverse consequences of endurance will be examined in detail. The presentation will be framed by a case of a middle aged man with clear cardiovascular disease who presents asking if he can train for a marathon.
UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the normal cardiovascular physiology of the endurance athlete
- Interpret the epidemiological evidence regarding increase or decrease risk of cardiovascular disease in athletes
- Determine whether competitive endurance training is adaptive or pathological for an older athlete
Benjamin Levine, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.S.M.
Director, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
S. Finley Ewing Jr. Chair for Wellness at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Sciences
Division of Cardiology
- 1.00 AMA
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