Blood pressure and exercise

Your Heart Health in a Heartbeat – Episode 5

Document mentioned: 

Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes With Cardiovascular Abnormalities: Task Force 6: Hypertension

Transcript:

Hello everyone and thank you for joining me.

I’m Dr. Accad, medical director of Athletic Heart of San Francisco, and today I would like to talk about high blood pressure in relationship to exercise.  I am doing this in light of a document recently published jointly by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association that makes some recommendations for competitive athletes who have blood pressure concerns.Read more

“I’m athletic but I’m not an athlete”

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Many of our patients tell us that they are athletic, not athletes. How do we decide who’s an athlete and who’s not?

The American College of Cardiology recently released the proceedings from a meeting on sports and exercise cardiology that took place in October 2012.  The document states that there is no agreement on how to define an athlete!Read more

Cardiac arrest during marathons: 10 facts to consider

Last Sunday, an experienced marathon runner in his mid-50’s collapsed a few yards from the finish line during the Road2Hope half-marathon in Hamilton, Ontario.  Regrettably, the paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.  This unfortunate story illustrates the rare but tragic phenomenon of exercise-induced sudden cardiac arrest.Read more

The new A.H.A. scientific statement about the 12-lead ECG as a screening tool for youth and young adults

The American Heart Association recently published an excellent document that very comprehensively examines the  12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) as a tool to screen populations of youth and young adults (age range 12-25).

This will be a very useful reference document for years to come.  It covers medical, technical, logistical, socioeconomic, legal, and ethical aspects of screening in great detail, and lists a vast number of references.

The final recommendation against endorsing the use of the ECG for “mandatory and universal mass screening” is unsurprising, and was anticipated by most attendees of the recent Sports and Exercise Cardiology Summit.Read more

The 3rd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit

Indianapolis ColtsI have recently returned from attending the 3rd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit of the American College of Cardiology.  This year, the meeting took place in Hoosier territory.

The meeting was informative, and it was gratifying to see the growing interest in sports cardiology.  The presentations were for the most part excellent.  The faculty came from all corners of the country and from overseas.  Dr. Sharma, a pediatric cardiologist from Britain, runs one of the largest youth screening program in the world, the sports cardiology unit of St. George Hospital in London.  He is also the medical director for the London marathon.Read more