Livonia Cardiologist, Dr Syam Zampani, Weighs In On New Study Showing Cardiac Disease in Endurance Athletes

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New study reveals that too many extreme activities are detrimental to an athlete’s heart. Cardiologists are weighing in on the evidence surrounding extreme fitness and cardiac disease.

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Extreme Activities are Showing to Be Dangerous for the Heart

Dr Syam Zampani, MD advocates, “A fitness routine of moderate physical activity will put more life into your heart, as well as adding more years to your life.”

Endurance athletes, for years, have been considered an elite level of fitness junkies. According to a study reported in the British journal Heart, this may no longer be the case. Cardiologists have found that years of over-exertion of the heart leads to long term damage. Endurance races such as marathons cause hours of ‘extreme’ heart pumping, which can result in a multitude of problems.

The journal Heart reported “long-term excessive exercise may accelerate aging in the heart, as evidenced by increased coronary artery calcification, diastolic ventricular dysfunction, and large-artery wall stiffening.” These conditions can lead to problems in the heart’s electrical conduction system or clogging of the arteries.

The study concluded that most people should limit vigorous exercise to 30 to 50 minutes a day. Dr Syam Zampani, MD advocates, “A fitness routine of moderate physical activity will put more life into your heart, as well as adding more years to your life.” Dr. Zampani is the Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services for St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. He adds that, “In contrast, running too far, too hard, and for too many years may speed a person’s progress towards the finish line of life.”

The journal Heart advises, “If one really wants to do a marathon or full-distance triathlon etc, it may be best to do just one or a few and then proceed to safer and healthier exercise patterns.”

As a cardiologist, Dr Zampani frequently screens cardiac patients in his Livonia, Michigan office who are anxious to begin new fitness regimes. Some have a goal of a healthier lifestyle and others aspire to complete a marathon. His recommendation is simple. Intense physical exercise for long periods has the potential to take a toll on the body, in some cases aging it more quickly. He notes that the Detroit, Michigan weather sometimes adds an additional challenge to conditioning, as cold weather is another stressor to the heart. No amount of light to moderate exercise is harmful, however.

About Dr Syam Zampani.
Dr Zampani is the Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services for St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. He is a member of Michigan Heart and sees cardiac patients at the Livonia, Michigan office. Patients can call his office, 734-494-0175, to schedule an appointment. His hours are Monday through Friday 9-5pm.

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