Have you ever had a skipped heartbeat or your heart rate data on your Garmin looked very unusual, perhaps very elevated?
Extreme endurance athletes, like long-distance runners, bikers, and even cross-country skiers, are at an increased risk for irregular heartbeats and increase heart problems.
In recent years, several prominent athletes have been sidelined with arrhythmias including Basque pro cyclist Haimar Zubledia and Norwegian Olympic cross-country skier Marit Bjorden. In 2012 ultra-marathoner Micah True died at age 58 of fatal heart arrhythmia. More recently in 2013 Lennard Zinn a US national team cyclist quit racing due to the diagnoses of atrial tachycardia, now Zinn writes for VeloNews.
Please join us for a FREE seminar by Jennifer El Aile, MS AGPCNP-BC. Jennifer is a Nurse Practitioner at Michigan Heart. She works in a subspecialty of cardiology called Electrophysiology. She diagnoses, treats, and cares for patient with electrical heart problems, commonly known as heart arrhythmias. Her major area of interest is sudden cardiac death and athletes with arrhythmias. During this presentation Jennifer will walk us through the basic anatomy and electrical conduction system of the heart. She will discuss some of the common atrial and ventricular heart arrhythmias known to athletes, and also review current exercise recommendations. She will identify ways to recognize these arrhythmias and discuss the treatment options available.
When: Monday March 20th at 7:00pm
Where: Epic Races – 600 South Wagner, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Meeting Room “The Nest”
Why: To learn more about your heart and what you can do to protect yourself
Please RSVP on the club website if you would like to attend.