“Athlete’s heart” is a condition in which the heart may become enlarged and the lower-left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) may become somewhat thickened. Thickening of this part of the heart sometimes develops in those who have undergone particularly rigorous conditioning and exercise. While thickening of this portion of the heart can be a sign of heart disease, this is not the case with “athlete’s heart.” In fact, with “athlete’s heart,” the heart muscle will return to normal size and thickness once the intense conditioning stops, and is actually functioning normally despite being slightly thick.
James R Crandell, MD
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