Monthly Archives: February 2016

Can exercising too hard kill you?

This is a great article on the possible long-term effects of ‘high-level’ endurance exercise. Especially with weekend warriors doing marathons, Spartan Races and Triathlons.  I, myself, as a triathlete, just recently had an opportunity to talk with a physician, and discuss details on my own heart performance, while using information from a Schiller Holter Monitor.

It’s comforting to know that the deaths of high level athletes are not linked to specific cardiovascular complications, but there is still plenty of room for research.  Doing tests like EKG, Holter Monitoring and Stress Testing can save the lives of those trying to do the right thing by exercising, but not knowing their own bodies limitations.

Overall, it’s a necessity to regularly check your heart if you’re doing longer, strenuous exercise on a regular basis. Know your body, and get the tests performed by your physicians to do that.  Any quality practitioner is using the above mentioned tools to assess your cardiovascular health.

At the end of the day, remember; racing and exercise, even if you’re getting paid, is not all life has to offer. Recognize when something doesn’t feel right.  Don’t forget the time your body needs to do the opposite. To de-stress. To take a deep breath.

Allergy Testing

Most patients/offices overlook Allergy Testing as a clinically applicable test during the cold months, and although those types of allergies are not as prominent as Spring/Fall, they can be just as debilitating.  Here’s a look at what happens when families close their doors and windows, and start circulating air throughout the house for 2-3 months:

Most common Winter Allergies that show up during an Allergy Test:
  • Pet Dander
  • Mold (sometimes hidden in the walls, but still present)
  • Dust Mites
What are the most common Symptoms of Winter Allergies?
  • Coughing
  • Dark Circles under the eyes
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery Eyes