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Posted by MasterDan (2136 days ago)
The danger of an enlarged heart for people who train
with weights is not necessarily something to be overly
concerned about. "Athlete's Heart is common in
athletes who routinely exercise more than an hour a
day, and appears occasionally among heavy weight
trainers. The condition is generally believed to be a
Posted by badclams (2152 days ago)
Good to know Ric, looks I have some good questions for
my Doc nextime.
Posted by Passman03 (2159 days ago)
As a Physician Assistant, I deal with patients
every day that have similar problems. I think this test
(likely a neuclear medicine treadmil) is a lot more
accurate. Try not to be apprenhensive. If there is a
problem, the cardiologist can fix it before a heart
attack.( Before any damage is done). A person can be
in great physical shape, but genitics can still deal
you a bad hand. Having the test done sounds like a
good decision to me. If you dont have any family
history of heart disease there is a great chance is
will be normal. Considering the shape you are in.
Posted by chiefgreybeard (2159 days ago)
Yes you do end up with a large heart. I had a friend
who was a football running back. He spent 5 days in
intensive care at the age of 28... until a doctor who
knew what a full time athlete's heart actually looked
like reviewed his case.

I learned from that to
tell any Doctor treating me that I am a bodybuilder and
very active.
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Revisit the Golden Days of Bodybuilding with Ric Drasin! Hear all his stories about training at Gold's Gym in Venice during the 1970's with bodybuilding legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Franco Columbo, Dave Draper, and more!

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Ric's Corner: Training, Aging and Your Heart Part 1
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Added: February 14, 2012
Ric offers some serious advice on keeping your heart healthy while training past 50 after undergoing a battery of cardiovascular medical tests. Take his advice, and you can avoid having to roto-rooter your blood machine.
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