University of Leeds Study Heart Health in Endurance Athletes
The University of Leeds project will see the men, all aged over 50, fitted with a small monitor under the skin on their chest to record their heartbeat.
Below is an excerpt from a BBC News report on the University of Leeds study.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) wants to find out if heart scarring in some athletes is linked to abnormal rhythms.
It is hoped the results will inform future research on ways to avoid heart damage in sports.
The charity, which funded the £320,000 project, said heart scarring is a “key feature” of many heart diseases and has a strong association with abnormal heart rhythms, which can cause a life-threatening cardiac arrest.
A similar, previous study found that around half of those monitored developed scarring on their heart, though the exact cause was unclear.
It is thought it may be a result of their levels of exercise, as the heart must work harder to pump blood during endurance sports like long-distance running and cycling, the BHF said.