Effect of Exercise on Cardiac Structure and Function

Effect of Exercise on Cardiac Structure and Function

The Effects of Exercise on Cardiac Structure and Function

Exercise training causes cardiac adaption in order to better cope with the demand for increased cardiac output that exercise requires. Cardiac structure and function change as a result of training, and the specific pattern of change varies with the type of exercise, as well as the intensity and duration of exercise. Acute exercise may also impact cardiac function, particularly in the case of ultra-endurance exercise. It is important to understand normal cardiac changes with exercise in order to differentiate them from changes which occur with cardiac disease and may pose a risk to the exercise participant. This differentiation can be difficult at times because of overlap in cardiac structural change seen with healthy athletic remodelling and diseased hearts, but is important as restriction of intense exercise is an important treatment recommendation in some conditions.

The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 7 July 2020.

Presented by Associate Professor David Prior, PhD

Associate Professor David Prior is Deputy Director of Cardiology and Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. In addition he is an Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne.

His advanced cardiology training was undertaken at the Alfred Hospital and included training in Heart Failure and Transplantation. He then completed a PhD at the Baker Heart Research Institute and Alfred Hospital examining abnormal vascular function in heart failure. After undertaking an Advanced Fellowship in Echocardiography at The Cleveland Clinic between 1998 and 2000, David returned to Melbourne in 2000 to take up a position at St Vincent’s Hospital. Major clinical and research interests are in cardiac imaging (echocardiography and cardiac MRI) , pulmonary hypertension, sports cardiology and heart failure management.

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