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Not exactly shocking but interesting...

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:31 pm
by Hyde
Tour cyclists have hearts 40 percent bigger than normal ... NHeadlines

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:46 pm
by legs 11
I read the article and couldn't believe that it warranted space in a newspaper, its not shocking news really is it?
Any cyclist who has undergone a real training program feels the difference in the stroke volume of their heart don't they?
At rest I sometimes felt dizzy with low blood pressure from the effects of large stroke capacity, its normal to expand the size of the heart IMO :oops:

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:20 pm
by DC41
Until they answer the basic question (Are their hearts larger because they're cyclists, or are they cyclists because their hearts are large?), there's not much of interest.

I remember reading 15 years ago about a cardiologist who displayed a pic (don't remember if it was an x-ray or what) of Eddie M's heart at a conference. All the MDs agreed the person was in advanced stages of heart disease until it was revealed who's heart it was.

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:14 pm
by Hyde
Not much of what is printed these days is worth the ink but if it hits the headlines, is cycling related & has nothing to do with doping I'll take it! I'll agree that after a couple years of consistent riding & pushing myself I am definately not the same person & this is why it wasn't surprizing to me.