Q&A: Continuing cycling with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

General cycling

I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and told I can do only moderate exertion. I have been told by my cardiologist to avoid any competitive events. He suggested runs of up to six miles would be acceptable, provided I felt well, but that a half-marathon should not be undertaken.

The potential problem is causing the heart to develop an abnormal heart rhythm during exercise, which can lead to collapse or even be fatal. I used to ride in Majorca on holiday, but the doctor said I should not go on cycling rides with prolonged climbs and the associated high heart rate levels.

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