Episode 347 of The Physical Performance Show is an Expert Edition featuring Dr Jessica Orchard, Sports Cardiology & Cardiac Screening Researcher, Assoc. Editor @BJSM_BMJ.
Dr Jessica Orchard is a Sports Cardiology and Screening Researcher, a Heart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow and the Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, widely published across cardiac screening in athletes.
In this episode Dr Jessica Orchard sheds light on many of the key topics that endurance athletes want to know about their cardiac health, including a listener Q&A session.
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“All sport results in greater longevity, less heart failure, fewer coronary events”
“Regular exercise does promote structural, functional and electrical remodelling of the heart and that’s often referred to as ‘Athletes Heart’”
“Genetics do play a role in cardiac response to exercise”
“The mass of an athletes’ heart can be 35% greater and cardiac volumes can be 60-80% greater”
“We have specific athlete ECG interpretation criteria that defines a normal heart rate in an athlete as being anything above 30bpm”
“Too little exercise is a big risk factor for AF”
“If you've got symptoms, or something that you're worried about, or a bad family history, it's really worth seeing someone to get it to get that checked out”
Top 3 tips for endurance athletes to maintain cardiac health
1. Don’t stop exercising
2. If you’ve got a symptom – get it checked
3. Continue to check for COVID, rest and stay home
“Train perhaps smarter, not harder”
“The important point to make with myocarditis and athletes is that for those who have had it, most do recover quickly and completely”
“Gradually build up your kilometres and training loads over many years, it's really an investment that's well worth making both for your performance, your heart and for preventing injury” Best Advice
“Are you being optimal in your recording of your training, don't do an unusual week, monitor your training, and try and keep it as consistent as you can” Physical Challenge
Prof Jon Drezner – Editor-in-Chief, BJSM, Director Centre for Sports Cardiology, University of Washington Sports Medicine
Prof Sanjay Sharma – Professor of Cardiology, St George's, University of London
Prof Hein Heidbuchel - Cardiologist-Electrophysiologist, Chair of Cardiology at Antwerp University, Belgium
Prof Andre La Gerche - Sports Cardiologist, Head, Clinical Research Domain, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute & National Centre for Sports Cardiology, Melbourne
Christian Eriksen - Danish professional footballer
Dr John Mandrola - Cardiac Electrophysiologist and author, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Linkedin: @Jessica Orchard
Sydney University Profile: @JessicaOrchard
Pro @ Heart Study - Assessing the long-term health effects of endurance exercise training
This study aims to be the largest international study to assess the effects of endurance exercise on the heart. This link explains the study, including who is able to participate.
JSAMS paper: Return to exercise post-COVID-19 infection: A pragmatic approach in mid-2022 by Hughes et al [ J Sci Med Sport. 2022 Jul; 25(7): 544–547]
03:04 The effects endurance training has on the heart
07:08 Structural changes that can result in ‘Athletes Heart’
08:09 Electrical changes
09:40 Common cardiac issues an endurance athlete could experience
15:20 Defining Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
17:55 Breaking down Cardiac Screening
25:55 Risk factors in certain sports
29:42 Top 3 tips to the endurance athlete to maintain cardiac health
34:24 What athletes should be monitoring with regards to COVID
35:40 Listener Q&A Session
44:20 Best Advice
46:10 Physical Challenge
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