Athletes and Heart Complications From COVID-19

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From the pros to weekend warriors, we tend to admire athletes as examples of superior health and physical fitness. But, just like the rest of us, athletes can suffer from heart disease and cardiac complications. And when athletes do have heart issues, diagnosis and treatments are not necessarily straightforward.

Now, the connection between the coronavirus and myocarditis (heart inflammation) is making headlines and causing increasing concern about long-term heart damage. What do those recovering from COVID-19, or any virus, need to know about the dangers of returning to training too quickly?

In this episode, host Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., welcomes Eli Friedman, M.D., medical director of sports cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, to talk about the special needs of professional and amateur competitors when it comes to caring for their hearts.

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