Athletic heart syndrome, (AHS) also known as athlete's heart or athletic bradycardia, is a non-pathological condition commonly seen in sports medicine, in which the human heart is enlarged, and the resting heart rate is lower than normal. AHS is caused by significant amounts of aerobic exercise performed over a period of at least several months.
Athlete's heart is common in athletes who routinely exercise more than an hour a day, and occurs primarily in endurance athletes, though it can occasionally arise in heavy weight trainers. The condition is generally believed to be a benign one, but may sometimes be hard to distinguish from other serious medical conditions. For example, on the results of an electrocardiogram (EKG) athletic heart syndrome may be mistakenly interpreted as evidence of serious heart disease.
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