Cardiovascular adaptation in athletes

Richard Kovacs, Aaron L. Baggish

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Millions of athletes train for and participate in competitive athletics each year. Many of these athletes will present to a cardiovascular specialist with signs or symptoms that might indicate heart disease and these athletes/patients will ask for advice on their ability to continue to train and compete safely. By virtue of their training, athletes' hearts may undergo significant structural and electrical change, presenting a special challenge for the cardiovascular specialist. It is important to understand normal adaptive changes in order to separate normal physiology from pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Athlete
  • Athlete[U+05F3]s heart
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Exercise
  • Hypertrophy
  • Sports cardiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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