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Athletes May be at a Risk of Heart Disease

 

The findings of a new study have revealed that despite being subjected to high levels of fitness and performance, athletes may still be at an increased risk of suffering from life threatening cardiovascular abnormalities.

The researchers found that some athletes tend to have a high risk of certain grave heart diseases, which could pose serious risks to health.

“Even Olympic athletes, regardless of their superior physical performance and astonishing achievements, showed an unexpected large prevalence of cardiovascular abnormalities, including life-threatening conditions,” the researchers say.

They collected data from more than 2000 athletes who were eligible for Olympic games, and screened them for their cardiovascular fitness. This screening test included a physical exam, an echocardiography, 24 hour ECG monitoring and many other tests.

They found that around 7.3% of athletes that were screened did have some form of cardiovascular abnormality, and some of these abnormalities could also be considered life threatening, which could lead them to disqualification from the competition.

Even Olympic Athletes May be at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Even Olympic Athletes May be at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

“It is really surprising that Olympic athletes, who are considered some of the healthiest individuals, should have such significant abnormalities . . . and that despite these abnormalities they had managed to reach such high competitive levels,” the researchers further explained.

In many cases, these abnormalities tend to go unnoticed, mostly because earlier screening tests were not that extensive.

“It is really surprising that Olympic athletes, who are considered some of the healthiest individuals, should have such significant abnormalities . . . and that despite these abnormalities they had managed to reach such high competitive levels. In most of the cases, their abnormalities had gone unrecognised, because the screenings they had previously had were not as extensive and thorough as the ones we applied,” they concluded.

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