Letter by Leischik et al Regarding Article, “Right and Left Ventricular Function and Mass in Male Elite Master Athletes: A Controlled Contrast-Enhanced Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Study”
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To the Editor:
We read with interest the recent article by Bohm et al1 supporting “the wings of change” in the debate on the potential deleterious effects of long-term endurance exercise on a previously healthy heart, with some authors advocating that repeated exposure to marathon/ultramarathon running or similar events might lead to cardiac damage and fatigue, particularly in the right ventricle (RV).2 We believe this is an important question because the recent concept of over exercise postulated by some cardiologists might deter clinicians from taking a proactive position toward endurance exercise practice. Further, the general public and some physicians might not contemplate the whole picture, getting the …