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Can you tell me the effects that a reduced cardiac output would have on the muscle cells of an athlete.?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: When an athlete exercises to the point of their maximum cardiac output, their muscle cells convert from oxidative to anerobic metabolism with accumulation of Lactic Acid and development of oxygen debt - if CO is reduced, this will happen at a lower level of activity. Generally, one's days of competition are over.
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