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Can the Heart Survive a Sports Injury? A Lecture with Dr. Paul Thompson

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Increasing physical activity is associated with reduced atherosclerotic cardiovascular events, but recent studies show that vigorous endurance exercise increases markers of cardiomyocyte injury and suggest that lifelong endurance exercise increases myocardial scarring, coronary artery atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation (AF), and aortic dilatation. This presentation will summarize the evidence linking these conditions with physical exertion and an approach to their management.

May 8, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pond House Cafe
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford
CT 06117


Paul D. Thompson, MD, is Chief of Cardiology, Emeritus at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT and Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Thompson graduated from Tufts College and Tufts Medical School.  He served as a medical resident and as a cardiac catheterization fellow at the Tufts New England Medical Center before training in cardiology at Stanford Medical Center.  Dr. Thompson was Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh (1992 to 1997) and on the faculty of Brown University (1978 to 1992). He has authored over 500 scientific articles on topics including: the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors, the effects of exercise on preventing and treating heart disease; the risk of cardiac events during exercise; the effects of statins on muscle function; and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. His past NIH funding includes the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award and for studies on the effect of exercise training on HDL metabolism; the effect of testosterone on endothelial function; genetic factors affecting muscle hypertrophy with exercise training; and the effects of statins on skeletal muscle. He is the Editor of two books on Exercise and Sports Cardiology (2001, 2019), and of a book on Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms (2020) . He is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine. 


May 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117