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Adjusting to New Athletic Limits with Atrial Fibrillation

Dr. Selene Parekh is quoted in the article “Adjusting to New Athletic Limits with Atrial Fibrillation” by Mikel Theobald on everydayhealth.com. Below is an excerpt from the article:

In some instances, afib resolves itself without medical intervention. Sometimes treatment is necessary to restore a normal heart rhythm. And in some cases afib is permanent and neither medication nor treatments are able to correct the irregular heartbeat.

What’s this mean for a marathon runner? “The real concern is whether the athlete has the type of atrial fibrillation which comes and goes or is persistent,” said Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, an associate professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Duke University in North Carolina. “Treating the patient with a blood thinner, pacemaker, or defibrillator can allow the runner to continue to run as desired. If the patient has the persistent version or frequently goes into atrial fibrillation, then running shorter distances would be preferred.”

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