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Is hypertrophy of the heart neccesarily a bad thing?

Ive been to the doctor and the did an ekg and came back that everything was ok; i am big into sports which inherently makes me an athlete prone to some forms of hypertrophy in the heart but ive been reading that that hypertrophy can actually be bad. The doctors said mine was fine and natural since im in such great shape; anyone else ever been told this?

Your heart is a muscle and like any other muscle in your body, the more you use it, the more prone it is to grow. In an athlete this is considered normal. Although your heart may be larger than average, your heart rate is probably much lower than average due to the efficiency of the muscle tissue of the heart.
Hypertrophy that occurs in the heart due to disease and the heart having to overwork is a totally different issue and would require further evaluation.  (+ info)

What kind of workouts maximize strength while minimizing hypertrophy?

I'm a pretty skinny guy who wants to get stronger, but I don't really like the idea of "bulking up". How can I get stronger while still staying relatively slim; or is it the case that strength and hypertrophy go hand-in-hand?
Professional sources are very much welcomed and appreciated.

There's going to be some hypertrophy that can't be avoided. Perhaps though rather than doing strength exercises you should just do more cardio, and when doing strength exercises have a low resistance level and a high amount of reps.  (+ info)

What does anomalous hypertrophy of the L5 mean?

Roentgenological Findings:
There is anomalous hypertrophy of the L5 transverse process with a joint created just above the level of the sacrum. Impression: Normal hips. Skeletal anomaly noted in the L5 vertebra body on the right.

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Is there any know disease that prevents hypertrophy?

Within bodybuilding realms, hypertrophy is the growth/addition of muscle mass. I'm trying to determine if there is any known disease that actually works against the normal biomechanical, biochemical, and biophysical properties associated with hypertrophy when one is following the same diet and exercise regime used by bodybuilders and professional athletes to add muscle mass?

We all know that genetics plays a factor in body shape and hype. But is there a known genetic component/factor that actually prevents hypertrophy?

In asking this question I'm not talking about diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cancer, or any wasting syndromes which prevent one from exercising in the first place. I'm talking about a person who appears to be basically healthy and is able to participate in regular exercise (bodybuilding routines) and yet because of some underlying genetic or biochemical defect is unable to realize hypertrophy.

Thanks in advance for all comments!


The best way to help prevent left ventricular hypertrophy is to keep your blood pressure within the limits recommended by your doctor. Here are a few tips to better manage your blood pressure:

* Monitor high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, get a home blood pressure measuring device and check your blood pressure frequently. Schedule regular checkups with your doctor.
* Make time for exercise. Regular exercise helps to lower blood pressure. Aim to engage in 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five times a week. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to restrict certain physical activities, such as weightlifting, which may temporarily raise your blood pressure.
* Watch your diet. Eat foods high in fat and salt sparingly and increase your consumption of vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products. Drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages in moderation.

In addition to controlling high blood pressure, it's important to monitor other health conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, including diabetes and high blood cholesterol.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/left-ventricular-hypertrophy/DS00680/DSECTION=9  (+ info)

How does running/cardio affect hypertrophy following strength training? How best to mix for strength?

I am doing a serious strength training routine. However, I also want to do cardio to keep my heart strong. How will running or doing other cardio such as elliptical or bike affect my strength training and hypertrophy? When is it best to do cardio without losing gains in muscle (including legs)? Thanks!

it depends on how you incorporate it into your routine. you don't want to perform more than 1.5 hours of high intensity exercise at a time or cortisol levels will increase too high. it can take many hours for cortisol levels to decrease even with insulin spiking.

I usually do 15 minutes of Max-OT cardio after my resistance training sessions. you may also want to perform some type of high intensity interval training on your off days as it can actually help to increase anabolism and act as active recovery...  (+ info)

What is hypertrophy? What rep ranges promote it? Is it beneficial to a basketball player?

Finally, for example, would 50 push ups be considered as hypertrophy?

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Can you play basketball if you have ventricular hypertrophy?

okayy so im 17 and the doctors are trying to diagnose me with ventricular hypertrophy. Can i still play basketball b/c i've been playing since 1rst grade and im now a junior and i play ball year round.
so can you actually keep playing sports?

It depends on what type of Ventricular hypertrophy you are talking about.

Bottom line....this isn't the kind of place you should be looking for answers! You need a cardiologist...or two!

That said, my guess is that as long as you are not experiencing chest pain, dizziness or abnormal heartbeats...you are probably good to go.

Athletes hearts have "ventricular hypertrophy" so it might not be bad...or even abnormal.

Like I said...depends on what type you have and....see a cardiologist! Don't fool around with Yahoo answers...you need someone who knows FOR SURE!  (+ info)

How does testosterone affect hypertrophy or atrophy?

For a fitness quiz. Please make answers simple enough for a 16 yr old to understand. Thanks!

It causes hypertrophy and reduces atrophy.  (+ info)

What's the difference between hypertrophy and gaining muscular strength?

Hypertrophy is the gaining of muscular size. There are two kinds of hypertrophy, sarcoplasmic and myofibrilar.

Myofibrillar is when your muscle fibers increase in number. This is one way you gain strength. This is best gained through lifting moderately heavy weights for sufficient volume, Ex 5sets of 5reps.

Sarcoplasmic is when the volume of fluid in muscle cells increases, this does NOT increase strength. This is best gained throught high reps sets, Ex, 2sets of 20.

There four factors in strength. Your nervous system, muscular size, technique and leverages.

A person isn't actually able to use all of their muscle. As you train your nervous becomes better at recruiting muscle fibers, so you can use a greater percentage of them. This is best trained by lifting weights over 80% of your max.

Greater muscular size, or specifically the cross sectional volume of your muscle fibers also increases strength. This is best trained throught volume at heavier weights.

Then there's technique. Practicing better lifting techniqe helps you lift more weight. Compare how powerlifters bench to how your average lifter benches. The bench is just an example, this applies to all lifts, although it's more the case with complicated ones.

Then there's leverages. You can't change leverages, because it's your skeletal system and how it effects your lifting. For example, someone with short legs and long arms will have and advantage deadlifting. Why? because they can start the lift more upright, and don't have to move the weight as far.  (+ info)

What is the form of weight lifting compared to hypertrophy?

The name was very similiar and what do they to in terms of muscle building.
There is another type that sounds similar..what are the differences?

weight lifting is lifting weight, hypertrophy is growing muscles bigger  (+ info)

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