A 50-year-old female asked:
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Can being a prior endurance athlete (but not currently trained) permanently affect cardiac output resulting in high numbers when all else is normal?

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Dr. Charles Caldwell
29 years experience in Cardiology
Athletic Heart: Interesting question! former athletes have been shown to have more left ventricular hypertrophy or thickened hearts that usually lessens with age and deconditioning. A thick heart can lead to poor heart filling by increased stiffness. A condition called diastolic dysfunction. This can lead to a type of congestive heart failure if it persists. Controlling hr and BP via meds can help.
Answered on Dec 21, 2014
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