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Old 11-02-04, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by don d.
One of the side effects of a hard racing career is an enlarged heart. It is not related to drug use, but rather to the heart muscle growing in size to adapt to the volume of blood required by the body in extended, hard competition. I don't know that Gerrie had one, or what caused his heart failure, but if an ex-pro does not keep the heart muscle in shape after he stops racing, heart problems can ensue.
Ummmm.... no. The heart adapts up to a larger size as you said, but if you stop exercising, it adapts back to a smaller size. Heart problems don't result just from not working the heart as much as you used to.
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