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The Haywire Heart - By Lennard Zinn, Dr. John Mandrola, and Chris Case - Paperback

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Too much exercise can kill you. The Haywire Heart is the first book to examine heart conditions in athletes. Intended for anyone who competes in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing, The Haywire Heart presents the evidence that going too hard or too long can damage your heart forever. You ll find what to watch out for, what to do about it, and how to protect your heart so you can enjoy the sports you love for years to come.

The Haywire Heart shares the developing research into a group of conditions known as athlete s heart , starting with a wide-ranging look at the warning signs, symptoms, and how to recogize your potential risk. Leading cardiac electrophysiologist and masters athlete Dr. John Mandrola explores the prevention and treatment of heart conditions in athletes like arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation and flutter, tachycardia, hypertrophy, and myocardial cell failure. He reviews new research about exercise intensity and duration, recovery, inflammation and calcification, and the ways athletes inflict lasting harm.

These heart problems are appearing with alarming frequency among masters athletes who are pushing their bodies harder than ever in the hope that exercise will keep them healthy and strong into their senior years. The book is complete with gripping case studies of elite and age-group athletes from journalist Chris Case like the scary condition that nearly killed cyclist and coauthor Lennard Zinn and includes a frank discussion of exercise addiction and the mental habits that prevent athletes from seeking medical help when they need it.

Dr. Mandrola explains why many doctors misdiagnose heart conditions in athletes and offers an invaluable guide on how to talk with your doctor about your condition and its proven treatments. He covers known heart irritants and safe supplements that can reduce the likelihood of heart damage from exercise.

Heart conditions affect hardcore athletes as well as those who take up sports seeking better health and weight loss. The Haywire Heart is a groundbreaking and critically important guide to heart care for athletes. By protecting your heart now, you can avoid a crippling heart condition and continue to enjoy the sports you love.

Click here for more information and to take the "exercise addiction quiz for athletes". Haywire Heart Page

5 Stars
IF YOU TRAIN HARD YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK In the last 30 years we have seen many very driven people maintain exercise routines into their 60's that they previously would have abandoned decades earlier. On the bicycle racing and triathlon circuit there are thousands of men over 40 who are competing regularly while holding down very demanding work schedules. And there is a definite risk in that. The Haywire Heart was a result of Leonard Zinn--founder and owner of Zinn Cycles--developing atrial tachycardia as an apparent result of overtraining. His story was first told in a Velonews article in 2015 and was expanded in book form as The Haywire Heart. The first five chapters of The Haywire Heart are a very technical look at heart physiology and factors which affect its proper functioning. It is definitely not light reading but it is very informative. In the 6th chapter Leonard Zinn talks about his personal experiences and how he accommodated his routine to a reduced--and, he points out, more enjoyable--daily routine. The 7th chapter talks about the concept of exercise addiction while the remaining chapters discuss how to avoid cardiac issues and what to do if such problems develop. This is a book that I believe should be read by middle aged men (women do not seem to develop cardiac problems from overtraining the way men do) who are involved in competitive bicycle racing, triathlon or running. We all like to ride fast now and then but we also need to accept that aging bodies cannot perform as well as they once did. A line from the book which really sums things up well is this: " If the cause of premature heart beats is too little rest, the treatment is rest. If the cause is a hectic work and training schedule, the best treatment is to make better choices in balancing life's demands." That is good advice. It may save your life.
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