Exercise and Heart Health: How much is Too Much?

  • 12 Jan 2014
  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Regent Park Aquatic Centre- 640 Dundas, Toronto
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Join us Sunday Jan 12th, 2012 at 5:15pm at Regent Park Aquatic Centre (640 Dundas St. East)

Exercise and Heart Health: How much is Too Much?

This presentation will discuss how endurance exercise alters heart function to improve performance and overall health in the recreational and elite endurance athlete; it will also examine the evidence and provide some perspectives on the growing concern that ‘excessive exercise’ may be harmful to the heart.

About Jack Goodman:
Dr. Jack Goodman obtained is PhD in 1987 from the University of Toronto. He is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto and an adjunct scientist in the UHN/Mt. Sinai Division of Cardiology, and at the Toronto Rehab Institute’s Cardiac Program.  His current research interests include exercise and heart health where he uses various techniques to determine cardiac adaptation (and maladaptation) to exercise. He has studied cardiac ‘fatigue’ during prolonged exercise and the various mechanisms of how the heart adapts during exercise. His current Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded studies will be examining the cardiac consequences of excessive exercise, notably how cardiac remodeling from endurance exercise can be beneficial and in some, may be pro-arrhythmic, particularly in middle-aged athletes. Dr. Goodman has been running for almost 40 years with numerous marathons under his belt, and now mixes his running with road cycling and other sports to stay active and healthy.

Recent Publications

Lee LS, Mariani JA, Sasson Z, Goodman JM. Exercise with a twist: Left ventricular twist and recoil in healthy young and middle-aged men, and middle-aged endurance-trained men. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. Sep;25(9):986-93. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2012.05.018, 2012.
Liu S, Thomas SG, Sasson Z, Banks L, Busato M, Goodman JM. Blood pressure reduction following prolonged exercise in young and middle-aged endurance athletes. Eur J Prev Cardiol. Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]. 2012.
Liu S, Goodman J, Nolan R, Lacombe S, Thomas S. Blood pressure responses to acute and chronic exercise are related in prehypertensives. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Mar 26. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31825408fb, 2012.
Burr J, Goodman J, Thomas S, Jamnik R, Gledhill N. Addressing the Cardiometabolic Risk of Working in Physically Demanding Occupations . Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 4: 347-354, DOI: 10.1007/s12170-012-0239-z, 2012
Goodman J, Burr J, Thomas S. Cardiovascular Risks of Physical Activity in Apparently Healthy Individuals: Risk Evaluation for Exercise Clearance and Prescription. In Press, Can Fam Phys. 2012.

O’Donnell E, Goodman J, Harvey P. Cardiovascular Consequences of Ovarian Disruption: A Focus on Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea in Exercising Women, J Clin Endo Metab. 6(12):3638-48, 2011.



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