Strenuous exercise may increase risk of cardiac disorders

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Strenuous exercise, whether performed by elite athletes or competitive weekend warriors, comes with a risk of developing cardiac disorders, including atrial fibrillation, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.

Investigators found that among people who exercise four hours or more during the week, there was about a 39% increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation that required medical treatment.

Among elite cross-country endurance skiers, the risk of developing arrhythmias increased by 37% when compared with athletes in the same race that skied at a more moderate pace.

Source: Med Page Today