From the Heart: A Former Ironman Pro’s Story of Heart Risks for Athletes

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This article by former Danish professional triathlete, Torbjørn Sindballe, has been widely circulated but holds so many valuable take-home messages that I think it worth highlighting here at Heart Health for Athletes. Sindballe’s triathlon career was outstanding, including a podium finish at the 2007 Ironman World Championship and two ITU Long Distance World Championship titles in 2005 and 2006. Unfortunately, heart complications involving a bicuspid aortic valve brought his competition career to a halt. It’s a long article but do be sure to read his ‘Tips For A Long and Healthy Life’ at the very end of the article (see page 5). 1. React Immediately To Serious Symptoms / 2. Get Checked / 3. Chase Your Dreams, But Respect Your Body / 4. Change Triathlon’s Overachieving Culture.

Check his story out here at Triathlete.com

#hearthealthforathletes  #athletesheart

Posted by Kara Gilbert @ KMG Communications

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