Why Do Athletes Have Large Hearts?
Athletes with large hearts are SICK.
Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running, is the most well-known case in point.
Athletes who are sick have ENLARGED hearts, not LARGE hearts.
It’s a medical condition called cardiomegaly, medicalese for “enlarged heart.”
The Flying Finn (Paavo Nurmi) dominated long-distance running although his heart was only half the size of a “normal” human being.
Roger Robinson (“The Mystery of the Flying Finn Paavo Nurmi is one of the greatest legends of running, but he left few clues behind,” Runner’s World, Jul. 10, 2014) wrote …
“Ninety years ago, in a July 1924 heat wave, Paavo Nurmi won five gold medals at the Paris Olympics, bestriding the distance races in a domination that has never been equaled. ‘The Flying Finn’ won the 5,000m less than two hours after the 1500m. His career total was equally dominating: Including cross country and team races, he won nine gold and three silver medals from three Olympics (1920, 1924 and 1928). He set 22 world records, from 1500m to 20K, and is the only runner ever to hold world records simultaneously for the mile, 5,000m and 10,000m.”
According to “Heartbeats in Movies,” Popular Science Monthly, May, 1929 …
“As a rule, the smaller the heart in proportion to the body, the more efficient it is; an enlarged heart usually means softened muscles. [Paavo Johannes] Nurmi [1897-1973], the Finnish runner, owes his great endurance, physicians say, to the fact that his heart is only about half the normal size and beats only fifty times a minute. A slow-beating heart generally lasts longer than one which pulsates rapidly; and in general, the muscular condition or ‘tone’ of the whole body is reflected in the heart’s structure. Soft muscles mean a soft heart, which is why violent exercise often causes the death of those unused to exertion.”
Dr. Leon Manteuffel-Szoege reported the case of a New Haven man whose venous circulation completely bypassed his heart.
The heart is an auxiliary organ for the pumping of the blood — the heart is not a pump.
Low temperatures “turn off” the venous pump responsible for most of blood circulation.
Having a “cold heart” is not the problem. Having a cold venous pump IS.
According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …
“A healthy heart is the size of your closed fist.”