Intense athletes have to face the fact that they’re more at risk of developing A-Fib and conditions like small heart injuries and fibrosis, and need to monitor their heart health more carefully.
That doesn’t mean you have to stop running or working out, but you have to be smart about it. Did you give yourself enough time to recover after the last race? What did the EP tell you about your overall heart health? Are you taking time to rest, sleep, and decrease other stressors in life? Is your diet a healthy one, centered on whole foods?
‘Knowing your heart’ is the best tool in prevention. Understand your heart rate: your normal rate at rest, early in exercise, during peak exercise, and in recovery. For more, read my article, Intense Exercise and A-Fib: Lessons from Elite Athletes.