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The Haywire Heart
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

1 How the Heart Works | Case Study: Gene Kay, cross-country skier | Premature ventricular complexes

2 The Athlete's Heart | Case Study: Jenni Lutze, triathlete | Premature ventricular complexes

3 Heart Attacks, Arrhythmias, and Endurance Athletes | Case Study: Micah True, ultrarunner | Undiagnosed

4 The Evidence | Case Study: Mike Endicott, cyclist and cross-country skier | Ventricular Tachycardia

5 What to Look for in Yourself | Case Study: Genevieve Halvorsen, cyclist | Atrial Fibrillation

6 Getting the News | Case Study: Mark Taylor, cyclist and mountaineer | Undiagnosed

7 Addiction to Exertion | Case Study: Dave Scott, triathlete | Atrial Flutter, Atrial Fibrillation

8 Treatment Options for Athlete Arrhythmia | Case Study: Paul Ernst, cross-country skier | Heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy

9 The Takeaway | Case Study: Jason Agosta, runner | Highly symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Glossary

Index

About the Authors

Promotional Information

* There are 40 million endurance athletes in America. 80% of all endurance athletes are between age 30 and 55.

* Endurance athletes are hooked on their sports. The average endurance athlete typically exercises 3-6 times per week for at least 4 hours. Triathletes train 5-6 days per week, often over 20 hours. Serious runners cover 20-40 miles or more in a week.

* ARCs will reach endurance sports and health/fitness media.

About the Author

Chris Case is the managing editor of VeloNews, and author of "Cycling to Extremes," the groundbreaking VeloNews story that brought the problem of the athlete's heart to widespread attention.

Dr. John Mandrola is a cardiac electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky, and is himself an active cyclist who had atrial fibrillation.

Lennard Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and is a lifelong endurance athlete. He has reported on major stories for VeloNews for 30 years and is the author of the world's best-selling guide to bicycle maintenance and repair.

Reviews

"A great resource to learn about warning signs, treatment options, and so on." - Runner's World magazine

"A must-read for any dedicated athlete-it examines the symptoms to watch for, what to do about your risks, and how to protect your heart so you can (safely) enjoy sports for the rest of your life." -Triathlete magazine

"In the long term, warn the American authors of a new book, extreme exercisers could be setting themselves up for serious consequences." - The Times

"The more exercise the better, right? Wrong, says this new book, which is the first to actually take a closer look at heart problems in athletes." - Triathlete magazine

"The science is well explained-and backed up by color diagrams and a handy glossary...Ultimately, though, this is a hopeful book on a deadly subject." - Experience Life

"Ultrarunners and other endurance athletes should pay attention to the main message of this fascinating book." - Ultrarunning magazine

"The field of arrhythmias is rather complicated...but the authors have found a writing style that is captivating and accessible to the non-medical reader, while retaining much medical detail that will be of interest." - Dr. Larry Creswell, AthletesHeart.org

"The Haywire Heart does give one reason to pause and consider...Anyone who does intense or long endurance training, especially over many years, should read this book." - RoadBikeRider.com

"Zinn and fellow authors Chris Case and John Mandrola, a cardiac electrophysiologist and cyclist with atrial fibrillation, do a good job of looking at all the angles." - Canadian Cycling magazine

"These authors believe that physical exercise is a positive thing, [but] they urge athletes to be realistic about the danger of pushing the limits of year heart." - Triathlon Magazine Canada

"This book could save your life." -TheWashingMachinePost.net

"The Haywire Heart does an excellent job of walking the line between alarmism and reality...Certainly the most exhaustive look yet at the issue. Where the book really shines are in the case studies of citizen athletes who have seen their lives turned upside down." - Madison Magazine

"If you have been diagnosed with a cardiac condition...a book like The Haywire Heart will fill in a lot of blanks for you." - Podium Cafe

"I appreciate how the theme of The Haywire Heart is, `Let's focus on longevity as the measuring stick of fitness, not necessarily the world record that we're gonna hold.'" -40+ Fitness

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