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Athletic Heart

An athletic heart is a non-pathological condition where the heart is enlarged, and the heart rate at rest is below normal. There is remodeling of the heart in athletes due to continuous cardiac load. This condition is seen in athletes who regularly do exercise more than an hour per day and also may occur in heavyweight trainers.

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Why does my heart suddenly beat rapidly and irregularly while I am at rest?

Query: Hello doctor,I had suffered from PVCs and was diagnosed with "athlete's heart" a few years ago as my left chamber had increased. This was also the origin of PVCs. During the monitoring phase, I reduced my exercise intensity, and the heart size returned to normal. My heart was deemed healthy. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have issues with palpitations occasionally, which are very common amongst the healthy population. They often do not pose a threat. However, I have a few questions. Did you calculate your BMI (basal m...  Read Full »

Can bradycardia be related to sports activity?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male with a weight of 154 pounds and height of 5' 6". Every year I do a medical checkup. In a recent medical check-up, there was a note related to heart rate (bradycardia), the result was 49 bpm. I also have checked manually and also using pulse meter, the result aro...  Read Full »

Dr. Salam Salloum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is quite common and normal for regular athletes to have sinus bradycardia, I saw some with heart rate down to 40 to 45 bpm daytime. At night usually, the HR is slower and it can get down to 35 bpm. As long as you remain asymptomatic that is no lightheadedness and no ...  Read Full »

ECG shows RBBB and marked left ventricular hypertrophy. What does it mean?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 12 years old, very active, plays representative basketball and attends a sports high school. Last Sunday, he was knocked over while playing and hurt his arm. After getting up, he fainted. He was fine after that. There were no broken bones, but the medical center did an ECG, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The ECG (electrocardiogram) is showing incomplete RBBB (right bundle branch block) or early RBBB and features of left ventricular hypertrophy, and also heart rate is on lower side nearing 60 beats per minute. But as you mentioned, he is a basketball player. So, athle...  Read Full »

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