The Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your Heart by Christopher J. CaseThe Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your Heart by Christopher J. Case

The Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your Heart

byChristopher J. Case, Dr. John Mandrola

Paper over Board | January 5, 2017

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Too much exercise can kill you.The Haywire Heartis the first book to examine heart conditions in athletes.Intended for anyone who competes in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing,The Haywire Heartpresents the evidence that going too hard or too long can damage your heart forever. You'll find what to watch out for, what to do about it, and how to protect your heart so you can enjoy the sports you love for years to come.

The Haywire Heartshares the developing research into a group of conditions known as "athlete's heart", starting with a wide-ranging look at the warning signs, symptoms, and how to recognize your potential risk. Leading cardiac electrophysiologist and masters athlete Dr. John Mandrola explores the prevention and treatment of heart conditions in athletes like arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation and flutter, tachycardia, hypertrophy, and coronary artery disease. He reviews new research about exercise intensity and duration, recovery, inflammation and calcification, and the ways athletes inflict lasting harm.

These heart problems are appearing with alarming frequency among masters athletes who are pushing their bodies harder than ever in the hope that exercise will keep them healthy and strong into their senior years. The book is complete with gripping case studies of elite and age-group athletes from journalist Chris Case-like the scary condition that nearly killed cyclist and coauthor Lennard Zinn-and includes a frank discussion of exercise addiction and the mental habits that prevent athletes from seeking medical help when they need it.

Dr. Mandrola explains why many doctors misdiagnose heart conditions in athletes and offers an invaluable guide on how to talk with your doctor about your condition and its proven treatments. He covers known heart irritants, training and rest modifications, effective medicines, and safe supplements that can reduce the likelihood of heart damage from exercise.

Heart conditions affect hardcore athletes as well as those who take up sports seeking better health and weight loss.The Haywire Heartis a groundbreaking and critically important guide to heart care for athletes.By protecting your heart now and watching for the warning signs, you can avoid crippling heart conditions and continue to exercise and compete for years to come.

About The Author

Chris Caseis the managing editor ofVeloNews, and author of "Cycling to Extremes," the groundbreakingVeloNewsstory that brought the problem of the athlete's heart to widespread attention. He is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and also Art and Art History.Case worked at the National Institute of Mental H...
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Title:The Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your HeartFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 5, 2017Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937715671

ISBN - 13:9781937715670

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

1 How the Heart Works| Case Study: Gene Kay, cross-country skier | Premature ventricular complexes

2 The Athlete's Heart| Case Study: Jenni Lutze, triathlete | Premature ventricular complexes

3 Heart Attacks, Arrhythmias, and Endurance Athletes| Case Study: Micah True, ultrarunner | Undiagnosed

4 The Evidence| Case Study: Mike Endicott, cyclist and cross-country skier | Ventricular Tachycardia

5 What to Look for in Yourself| Case Study: Genevieve Halvorsen, cyclist | Atrial Fibrillation

6 Getting the News| Case Study: Mark Taylor, cyclist and mountaineer | Undiagnosed

7 Addiction to Exertion| Case Study: Dave Scott, triathlete | Atrial Flutter, Atrial Fibrillation

8 Treatment Options for Athlete Arrhythmia| Case Study: Paul Ernst, cross-country skier | Heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy

9 The Takeaway| Case Study: Jason Agosta, runner | Highly symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Glossary

Index

About the Authors

Editorial Reviews

"A great resource to learn about warning signs, treatment options, and so on." - Runner's World magazine"A must-read for any dedicated athlete-it examines the symptoms to watch for, what to do about your risks, and how to protect your heart so you can (safely) enjoy sports for the rest of your life." -Triathlete magazine"In the long term, warn the American authors of a new book, extreme exercisers could be setting themselves up for serious consequences." - The Times"The Haywire Heart does give one reason to pause and consider.Anyone who does intense or long endurance training, especially over many years, should read this book." - RoadBikeRider.com"Zinn and fellow authors Chris Case and John Mandrola, a cardiac electrophysiologist and cyclist with atrial fibrillation, do a good job of looking at all the angles." - Canadian Cycling magazine