Peter Sagan Undergoes Surgery After Heart Arrhythmia During MTB Race

Feb 23, 2024 at 13:12
by Sarah Moore  
It s not just about power. Road cycling World Champion Peter Sagan had to deal with technical issues. He snapped a chain when train the start had a flat tire at course check in the morning and two more flats in the race finished 35th. It would be very interesting to see how he could do without theese

Peter Sagan was competing on his mountain bike in the Internationales Chelva Gsport Challenge this weekend in Chelva, Spain when his heart rate accelerated to 200 beats per minute, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier today.

Sagan's normal maximum heart rate is 190 beats per minute and the 34-year-old said his first thought upon seeing the higher number was of Sonny Colbrelli, a road cyclist who suffered an exercise-induced cardiac arrest at the Volta a Catalunya in March of 2022 which ended his career.

The Slovakian turned to cardiologist Dr. Roberto Corsetti to analyze the files on his cycling computer and then underwent testing. La Gazetta says that the values ​​the cardiologist found "clearly indicate the sudden onset, always at high levels of intensity of physical effort, of episodes of anomalous tachycardia with a high ventricular response."

Peter Sagan is giving this whole XC thing a real go this week.
Sagan underwent surgery and posted the bulletin from the hospital on his social media today. He said that he expects to be back on his mountain bike in just a few days.

bigquotesThe athlete is fine.

An internal electrophysiological study was carried out, which excluded any supraventricular or ventricular arrhythmia of pathological significance.

A subcutaneous event recorder has been implanted which will allow the future monitoring of the athlete.

The procedure was carried out by Professor Antonio Dello Russo - Director of the Cardiology and Arrhythmology Clinic of the Marche University Hospital - and by his team, with the presence of Dr. Roberto Corsetti - the athlete's trusted cardiologist.
La Sirezione Aziendale

Whether we'll see him on the start line at the Paris 2024 Olympics remains to be seen. He still faces the challenging task of accumulating enough points before the cutoff of May 26th to qualify Slovakia for the event. It will require a packed early season schedule to get close to 19th place in the rankings as there are only 250 points on the line for a World Cup win, 100 at a Hors class event such as the Internationales Chelva Gsport Challenge he was competing in when this event took place, and 60 for a class 1 race.




Seb Stott has a great article that talks about why it's not unheard of for cyclists in prime physical condition to suffer cardiac arrest or even sudden cardiac death in this article.

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  • 87 2
 Posting a picture of him running a tech section is pretty savage. That's when he had a flat.
  • 43 7
 One of the only photos we have rights to unfortunately!
  • 45 0
 @sarahmoore: gotta pretty cool one of Peter i took at the 2016 Olympics of him airing it out. happy to send you a copy and have my permission to use it if you want it!
  • 2 40
flag FUbob (Feb 23, 2024 at 21:47) (Below Threshold)
 Don't think anyone cares.
  • 3 18
flag northboy (Feb 23, 2024 at 23:17) (Below Threshold)
 @sarahmoore:
maybe its possible to consider to use another one photo of the only photos you have rights, or just rather no photo at all. Just an idea.
Also Peter has zero chance to gain enough points but has chance to get a wild card.
It would be interesting if Pinkbike could make a research and report what is the chance.
  • 3 0
 Those legs, though...weights have been lifted!
  • 42 78
flag likeittacky (Feb 24, 2024 at 8:06) (Below Threshold)
 @sarahmoore: Why did you delete this post? it had multiple upvotes and others agreed with responding comments. The PB naritive is out of control and biased to the facts about the vax.

"Im curious if he was vaxxed and boosted? People are already forgetting about the experimental drug, that has already claimed multitudes of victims and it's not being covered by mainstream news nor being reported as should be."

"PFIZER...WE ARE NOT LIABLE.!"

No need to delete my comment or be defensive like a big KITTY CAT.... the truth will prevail and Fake News will crumble!
  • 28 20
 @likeittacky: How brave of you to make sure that your super important opinion is present on a mountain bike news site. We all know that big spoke is trying to keep you silenced, but as long as you keep spamming the same wackadoo comment your voice will be heard.

Why don’t you stick to truth social?
  • 17 11
 @likeittacky:
1) If you CTRL-F yourself, you'll find you have the attention span of a goldfish. I found your "deleted post". It's also downvoted, not enough to make Below Threshold, so you should have seen that it hadn't been deleted. If by "multiple upvotes" you mean "2" (at time of this post), then congrats.

2) If even some very open minded folks thought you may have had a chance at a valid medical question in terms of certain side effects reported in certain phases of the covid vaccination program, you likely alienated them by lacing your post with the rest of the conspiracy crap that most are tired of. Multiple downvotes on your "repost" can offer some insight into that, at least within the kitty cat community of PB.
  • 10 15
flag ColinStarrett (Feb 25, 2024 at 2:05) (Below Threshold)
 @likeittacky: Yes, I read an interview with Sagan a couple of years ago, he said that he didn't want to take it, but in order to compete he took it. Sold his soul....Study out this week shows 3x increase in myocarditis from Pfizer and 6x from moderna. The study wasn't age, or sex stratified, but it is clear that myocarditis after the product occurs mainly in young men. So this non-age-stratified 3x and 6x is attributing young male myocarditis averaged across the whole population. Thus for young males it is clearly way more than 3x and 6x.
  • 13 8
 @likeittacky: nobody deleted your post, you got downvoted. Perhaps you should get vaccinated against downvoting.
  • 13 5
 @ColinStarrett:
Oh you mean this study that concludes the exact opposite of what you’re saying? Cmon, if you’re going to spread misinformation at least try a little harder.
pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38262150
  • 6 8
 @GoranNaVAjt: Thats where you are wrong and naive. The original post was removed; It's since been reposted twice by me, above and below, where the one below is now in the below threshold box, which is fine because it only proves how many people on here are only believing what they have been told to.... smart guy. You are just defending something you are clueless to as you chime in 2 days late.
  • 4 2
 @TacosMcGee: No, this one, widely considered a mainstream study and reported in mainstream press. The findings are similar to those of Dr Peter McCullough. I can't see where your "misinformation" comment comes from. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X24001270?via%3Dihub
  • 5 7
 @ColinStarrett: When the link has .gov, i'm not buying their BS!
  • 3 1
 @TacosMcGee: By the way, this study found no increase in myocarditis in unvaccinated individuals after covid infection. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35456309 Quite a large cohort and echoes the studies of the like of Peter McCullough (the most published cardiologist worldwide).
  • 2 1
 @likeittacky: To be fair pubmed was generally considered to be good, but I've seen so many doctored and crappy studies about covid issues and they get onto pubmed. Makes me wonder, is the criteria for getting on to it just to have your study published in a journal? Of course most journals are funded by big pharma, so not a trustworthy source now. The manipulation of studies generally comes in the methodology where they exclude certain study subjects, or results, or compare apples with oranges.
  • 3 1
 @likeittacky: like the Oxford and WHO studies into whether hydroxychloroquine is a good treatment for the couf. They gave toxic doses of hydroxychloroquine (2000 - 2400 mg/day). Guess what happens when you give a toxic dose of a drug? People die. They then concluded that hydroxychloroquine causes higher fatalities in covid patients.....
  • 2 3
 @ColinStarrett: Have a friend who studied medicine has a degree and performing his medical career. Himself and family took it, after contracting the bat flu.
  • 2 5
 @ColinStarrett: Peter McCullough hasn't done any studies. He has expressed his opinion without giving any evidence.
  • 1 1
 @kevinturner12: You clearly don't have a clue about what you are talking about. journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20420986241226566
  • 1 1
 @kevinturner12: His history of studies published on Pubmed, all 70 pages of it! pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=McCullough+PA&cauthor_id=34601006
  • 2 1
 @ColinStarrett: I meant studies regarding the vaccine, other than the one he has withdrawn.
  • 1 1
 @kevinturner12: Check out the one 2 comments above this and this one for example? I'm sure that there are more. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ehf2.14680
  • 1 0
 @ColinStarrett: have you read this? He just looks at vaers data which is unverified. He then compares with previous vaccines without considering other reasons for increased reporting. It's almost as if he had already decided on his findings before writing the paper.
  • 2 1
 @kevinturner12: from the paper "COVID-19 vaccination is strongly associated with a serious adverse safety SIGNAL of myocarditis, particularly in children and young adults resulting in hospitalization and death. Further investigation into the underlying mechanisms of COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis is imperative to create effective mitigation strategies and ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccination programs across populations.". This is how VAERS is supposed to be used. He notes a signal and recommends further investigation. VAERS was set up to allow signals to be seen, unfortunately it seems most doctors don't report to it. Do you know why he's doing this? He's a cardiologist. In all his previous years of working he saw one case of myocarditis. His colleagues are similar. After the vaccine rollout (not in 2020 then when there were covid cases) he got more and more cases. Similar for the likes of Dr Aseem Malhotra, one of the top cardiologists in the UK. I believe they find vaccine derived spike protein in the heart "Baumeier et al.'s findings that the myocardium stained for SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein and not nucleocapsid among 15 young individuals suffering from myocarditis indicated that the sole cause of cardiac injury in post-vaccine myocarditis is highly likely to be COVID-19 vaccination". From the autopsy paper above "The number of days from vaccination to death was 6.2 (mean) and 3 (median). Most (75%) of the deaths occurred within a week from last vaccination....". Those are also signals........
  • 2 1
 @ColinStarrett: 28 deaths from millions of vaccinations is hardly a justification for assuming that anyone with a heart condition has a vaccine complication. There is no dispute that myocarditis is a side effect of the vaccine but jumping to conclusions is ridiculous.
  • 2 1
 @kevinturner12: Sheesh! 28 deaths that were presented as autopsy studies. The original study I mentioned way up showed marked increases (well above the "Prioritised potential safety signals were those with lower bound of the 95 % confidence interval (LBCI) greater than 1.5" - basically most medications would be pulled if they went above 1.5) of myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination. That is a mainstram study published in a mainstream journal. It's findings are being widely accepted. If you are denying that you may need some help. THEN, first you say that Peter McCullough has never done a study. I show you that your statement is an error. Then, you say that he has never done a study about the effects of the vaccine. I show you that your statement is in error. Then you reject everything in the studies I have mentioned, including showing you that your comment about the VAERS related study was misinformed. You don't want to see dude, you've gone on common sense tourism (hope you like the pinkbike reference here). Fully engaged ostrich mode. Go ahead, get your 8th booster play Russian Roulette. I wish you luck.
  • 2 2
 @ColinStarrett: he has claimed in interviews that 50000 people have died from the shot. He has not shown any evidence for this. He has repeatedly spread misinformation. If you still trust him after this then I wish you luck as well.
  • 41 2
 “The athlete is fine” what a way to make a personalised report guys haha
  • 27 1
 "the human is okay"
  • 69 0
 The dude abides
  • 5 0
 At first glance, I thought that sagan wrote that, and was posting about himself in the third person in the most pretentious way possible.
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flag WRCDH (Feb 23, 2024 at 15:53) (Below Threshold)
 Interesting...I wonder if they did a neuro-immune work-up and IgE antibody blood count. Cardiac events like acute-onset tachycardia can often be induced by the abrupt release of tree pollen this time of year (usually cedar or deciduous trees). The pollen binds with the IgE (allergic) antibodies on mast cells and other immune cells, and an immune signaling chemical cascade ensues — histamine, cytokines, and commensurate neuro-immune response. The histamine has a pronounced vasoconstriction / vasopermeability effect which can have numerous microvascular / neuro-immunological / cardiac / immunological effects. The cytokines and cytokine cascade can have similar acute and latent effects...including some unique latent epinephrine (adrenaline) / norepinephrine (noradrenaline) autonomic nervous system effects on the heart (usually caused by the sympathetic effects of those neuro-immune chemicals / hormones, which is usually constrictive in nature — from the systemic microvascular effects as well as the muscle-contraction effects of adrenaline and noradrenaline)...and tachycardia, higher blood pressure, and muscular (including heart muscle) effects can ensue.

In fact, my father had tachycardia one year ago (almost to the day, in late February) at the gym, just after an intense treadmill run on a high-pollen day, and the tachycardia hit 90 seconds after he finished the run during the typical sympathetic-to-parasympathetic transition of the autonomic nervous system — that day was our highest-tree-pollen-count day of the entire year (as I monitor the certified pollen particle counts in Seattle, daily).

So anyhow, if I was caring for Sagan, I’d be keen to get his IgE (and also IgG) antibody counts, to see if any of them correlate to that day’s pollen-subtype counts. This sort of cardiac / tachycardia event, for some people, can be most pronounced early in the pollen season when a high-pollen-count day hits — just as the immune / neuro-immune system is ramping up its hyperactivity in response to allergens...just when mast cell granules, basophil granules, and other immune cells and neuro-immune responses are ready for a full-throttle maximum degranulation / immune-chemical-signaling reaction to an allergen / antigen. A blast of a lot of pollen, combined with extensive ingestion and pollen antigens during a race or exercise (if sensitive to them), combined with the unique neuro-immune response in high-level sports efforts, can sometimes induce tachycardia and other cardiac events.

I had a similar reaction at one point, but it was actually an allergy + epinephrine (adrenaline) episode from mountain biking that resulted in extreme chest pain right at / over my heart. Turns out it was intercostal rib muscle cramping — a unique response to allergens, some summer wildfire smoke, adrenaline, and extreme cycling exertion earlier in the day (and the latent neuro-immune and autonomic nervous system effects from that relatively extreme exertion).

But before they figured that out, they had me do a cardiac stress test on a treadmill. They told me to go as hard as I could, until I couldn’t go anymore — I was like “Are you sure? Are you ready for me to go all-out?” And they sort of laughed like “yeah, we do this all the time”. Well, apparently they do it for lots of out-of-shape people, because I was 41 then, and as I hit 200bpm they started to look at each other and talk some, also asking me if I was sure I was okay. I nodded and kept going. About a minute later I was at 203bpm, hoping to hit my all-time max from age 18 (when I had turned pro in downhill and was in great shape) of 206bpm. When they realized I wasn’t hitting the typical lactic acid wall-of-pain, they worriedly conversed for a moment and then abruptly halted the test, realizing that I was actually going to go until I couldn’t anymore (either falling down, or heart attack). They all seemed relieved when I didn’t have a heart attack and die, but we were all sort of excited I passed with flying colors. A week or two later, they figured out it was intercostal muscle cramping (partially from post-cycling bike-handlebar torquing when riding hard at near-max exertion for about 2 hours).

Anyhow, be aware (even if you don’t know if you have allergies) that high pollen count, as well as wildfire smoke, can cause some very strange and alarming cardiac / neuro-immune / autonomic nervous system / vascular effects. Doctors probably won’t pick up on this unless you mention it as a possibility in terms of the symptoms / conditions / variables. I’m not a doctor (just an engineer / biomedical-engineer) so this isn’t any sort of official medical advice, but I hope it might help someone during their care...with their doctor’s guidance & medical-team’s guidance =)
  • 16 1
 @WRCDH: “ok”
  • 3 0
 @WRCDH: some things do fly under the radar…
  • 1 0
 "it breaths"
  • 2 0
 I think this is a common format to convey unexpected medical information. Eg, you're a surgeon and you've had an emergency surgery on Alice, and you're calling Bob to tell him that his wife is fine. You start first by saying that "Alice is fine". You don't go: Is this Bob, this is a St Charlie hospital's ER and we had a surgery on your wife Alice..." People completely freak out on that. So you first convey the most important news (Alice is fine), and then you go into more details.
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 @WRCDH: not sure why the down votes. A bit long winded but as an allergy sufferer I find this interesting. People generally don't realize how dangerous and complicated allergies are. I'm guessing that like all pro roadies he's already being treated for asthma
  • 2 0
 It always makes me feel good to see in my medical chart, "The patient tolerated the procedure well."

I usually give myself a little pat on the back and think, "I did, didn't I?"
  • 26 0
 Such an interesting photo to use, too. This is when he double flatted in the 2016 Olympics after going from 45th to top 5 in the first 30 seconds of the race.
  • 25 1
 One day they’ll be a picture of Peter riding his mountain bike vs this one they always use of him running alongside it
  • 5 0
 Yeah I feel like anytime I remember Sagan being referenced this picture is used. It’s bizarre.

I thought my memory was messing with me, but it seems others are noticing the same thing.
  • 2 0
 @nvranka: Don't worry, they've got that screengrab of him going over the bars in training they can use next.
  • 22 0
 An EP study is not heart surgery. It’s a minimally invasive diagnostic test to study the electrical properties of the heart. Very misleading and inaccurate article title….
  • 2 0
 "a subcutaneous event recorder has been implanted"

surely this requires surgery?

(real question I'm not being sarcastic)
  • 1 0
 @mrman123: Yes, a friend of mine has this too.
  • 2 2
 @mrman123: Nope. It's a Loop Recorder. Medtronic is the main company that makes them. 10cc's of lidocaine, a 15mm skin cut and they are inserted under the skin. They are done in the doctors office without any sedation.
  • 4 0
 @stubs179: isn't that surgery?
  • 1 0
 Believe he also had an ablation performed after that study.
  • 3 2
 @beeeefkirky: If it's subcutaneous and not into any other tissue I would say no, not surgery. In my layperson's approach to medicine, I would liken it to removing (or inserting) a large sliver or some other industrial shard. I wouldn't call that surgery either.
  • 1 0
 @beeeefkirky: No, not surgery. Imagine it like in a movie when they knock someone out and stick a tracking device it them. Then they wake up and don't know it happened. You would know its there but its that small and easy. Most docs don't even use sutures on the incision its so small, they just put glue on it.
  • 14 1
 I used to ride a lot and by a lot I mean 3 years in a row I was close to doing 1,000,000 feet of climbing each year. During that time I started having problems where my heart would stop for a few seconds and then start again but the beats would be random, it could last 5 mins or 5 days sometimes. It left me feeling out of breath, light headed and on a few occasions I did faint. I knew deep down really this was being caused by putting so much strain on my body alongside quite a physical job as a carpenter but instead of just taking it easier I went to see my doctor. He reffered me to cardiology who got me to wear a proper HR monitor for a week to track and they where able to tell from the data that I had artrial fribulation. AFib is very dangerous as it creates a high risk of stroke due to the heart not being able to clear de oxygenated blood and potentially causing clots. My options where beta blockers and when they could get me in for surgery a catheter ablation which is a way of entering the heart through the inner thigh and burning off the damaged tissue in the heart causing the AFib. Being quite stubborn and not liking hospitals or medicine I decided maybe I would take it easier and see how it goes. 3 years later and I am riding probably just over half as much and my heart is fine, it took about a year to settle down but I haven’t had a bout of AFib in about a year. The link between heart problems and endurance sports especially is so obvious I’m amazed more of these high level athletes aren’t having problems, the human body can do amazing things but it’s just not meant to be pushed to these levels.
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 Yeah, sounds really scary. Agree that there's a limit to how much abuse the body can take, and bikes are perfect for taking the cardiovascular above and beyond it's ability to cope. Glad you sorted out your heart condition. When I read Sagan had Afib I was bummed for him, and I hope he takes it serious. The man has kids.
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 @TEAM-ROBOT: I agree,bikes are great but seeing your kids grow up is more important than any amount of bike riding could ever be.
  • 1 0
 I have LAF for about 15yrs now, they wanted to do a electrocardioversion first, but after some checks I went for taking pills and it is ok now. But the stroke risk is still there, so some more pills in the future.

And no more high intensities.

I think Indurain has this too, and Klausmann (german DH guy). You can google the studies on arrhythmia, it is endurance sport related especially for taller riders.
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 You're close but i'd like to clear some things up. No disrespect.

EP studies or any ablations are done in an EP lab not an operating room and is considered a minimally invasive procedure so not a surgery. Access is through the femoral veins and sometimes the femoral artery which are accessed near the crease where your leg meets your torso on the top of your leg. The catheters they use, use radio frequency the burn little spots inside the heart to stop it from conducting electricity (basically). They first use a bunch of sensors put on the body and one on the table that read sensors built into specific catheters. This makes a 3D model on a computer that shows all the electrical currents on the heart. A current map basically. They find where the currents are irregular and ablate those specific spots.
  • 1 0
 I agree, I’m always surprised that we don’t see more cardiac arrests with high level athletes running their hearts into the 190’s for long periods of time. Enlarged heart chambers and ventricles must be the norm for some of these guys/gals.
  • 2 0
 I cant recommend enough the book My Haywire Heart. Its about endurance athletes and the stresses they put on their hearts.
  • 21 8
 The COVID comment was deleted. What a shameful low for Pinkbike. I will call you out personally. My heart was fine until a very VERY minor COVID infection a few months ago. My heart rhythm has been whack ever since and I have to take iron daily to keep it under control. A friend of mine can no longer exercise because COVID made her heart freak out any time she stands up. Quit censoring, start pushing awareness. We’re all one infection away from complete body breakdown and I would bet money that’s what’s happening here.
  • 1 0
 Mine got deleted as well!

I know a 20 year old, healthy, racing level of fitness. "Cannot even take a shower without getting winded and feeling like he has to take a nap". Diagnosed with myocarditis, with no real answers from medical professionals
  • 19 5
 Woah, Pinkbike straight up deleting certain comments here. Since when has that been a thing?
  • 13 3
 It's been a thing for quite a while. I've had several comments of my own deleted. Censorship is everywhere now for some reason...
  • 4 2
 I’ll reply here too. My heart was totally fine until I got a very minor case of COVID a few months ago. Was barely even sick. But my heart absolutely freaked out and now I have to take iron daily to keep it stable. Otherwise I can’t ride or play hockey.
  • 3 4
 muhhh censorshippp muhh freedommmmss
  • 1 0
 @eicca: Were your iron levels low?
  • 1 0
 @PapaStone: Blood work came back completely normal but iron supplements are the only thing that help, no adverse effects either.
  • 11 3
 I have patented the first defibrillator equipped ebike. HeartEbikes launch is planned for spring 2025. A defibrillator model that used sram AXS batteries was also planned for launch but is currently delayed by a less than enthusiastic reception from SRAMs lawyers.
  • 6 0
 Uuuuuuhhhgggggg MORE BATTERIES!?!?
  • 13 1
 Queue Kyle Warner
  • 9 4
 These are only the ones we see .... both my parents have aged rapidly since a certain choice they made in 2021.... even me and my brother were effected but much more mildly then my parents (a certain brand is only one dose) .... my mom has permanent heart damage now (doctors refuse to help since they would have to admit to the root of what caused it and that's not allowed) .... some people it seemed to have no affect on ....
Good luck to everybody and hopefully these last several years were a time of learning .... you learn from mistakes apparently....
  • 1 2
 @norcohavocdirtjumper: vaccines kill vaccines are poison...I love you
  • 10 0
 What did his Whoop read at?
  • 10 1
 STOP STOP PLEASE STOP THIS WILL KILL YOU NO SERIOUSLY YOU'RE DYING brought to you by Whoop!
  • 2 0
 HR of 62 just like his Garmin watch probably
  • 6 1
 If his known max was 190, and he hit 200, is that super weird? 10 BPM? I have no idea how that works...but it must be bad if someone said "hey, we have a problem here".
  • 3 1
 That's what I thought too. Maybe it's a problem with his HR monitor. I hope they had more than one weird reading before they operated on him to implant something. More important would be how he felt at the moment. I mean he's at max HR, but he should know how that feels and should be able to tell if there was something really out of the ordinary.
  • 4 0
 @Fill-Freakin:

” The Slovakian turned to cardiologist Dr. Roberto Corsetti to analyze the files on his cycling computer and then underwent testing.”

Wasnt just one odd spike by HR monitor. Even if his normal rate is 190, going for 200+ and it starts getting dangerous even if hes an elite athlete.
  • 1 2
 Heart isn't supposed to beat 200 time a minute for even shorter periods. It must be pretty stressful feeling when your heart keeps over speeding when there's no need for that. Last year a young Swedish girl, rising ultra run star, shot herself because after 2 weeks of extra high heart rate even when resting she could not bare it anymore. It must had been psycho situation.
  • 3 1
 I did a max power test once at the local universitys sports medic center, and the heart rate one reaches there is definitely max. Some people reach 220 when they are young, but at 34 topping your max rate by 10 beats, this is alarming. I guess every pro has done such a test every year..
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 @fluider: when I was a teen my max HR was 205, now many decades later it is 195
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 It is super weird. 200bpm is no go zone for the heart. Max effort on the heart for endurance is one of the more difficult stresses to put on the body. The human body was never intended to do these long endurance events anywhere near max heart rate. As the sport continues to get more competitive, it will be a show of heart issues and failures. Long endurance events that are gaining momentum will be the death of a lot of people. In particular, the amateur and vet classes. People push themselves well past what the body is normally capable of and they will pay the price. A huge price at that.
  • 2 0
 Yes, 10bpm above known max heart rate is “super weird” as in potentially life threatening.
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 going above by 10 is weird yes. as in not normal. goong 200 is fine in a vacuum, it depends person to person and doesnt directly tie to performance. at his age my max hr was 201bpm and im no sagan. i have arrethmia from birth and an enlarged heart myself. tbh no doctor ive talked to really knows if its a problem. but, it sounds like sagan had tachicardia or something like that for a moment which is much more dangerous. my heart just beats off the clock _all_ the time, but regularly. irregular is the real problem.
  • 2 0
 @shorttravelmagazine: Yes, it's not normal and it's a big deal.
Everyone is different. I used to be able to hold 200+ bpm for more than an hour. That was decades ago though, when I trained practically full-time. My HR max is now around 196. And HR maximums are just that. You might get a reading of 1 or 2 beats over, very briefly, during an all out effort indicating you're at your limit. A heart rate 10+ beats over max is extremely concerning
  • 7 0
 This dude that rides a bike is glad the athlete is fine.
  • 10 4
 PB, note to you…..your woke garbage is no longer the flavor of the month. People are fed up.
  • 3 1
 Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter stroke risk= lifetime of blood thinners as per guidelines. Unless you opt for the left atrial appendage closure device to block the source of pooled and thrombogenic blood. Article mentions he had surgery and will back on the bike soon but no mention of ablation being done,
only the implantation of an event recording monitor which is just under the skin. Unfortunately, Peter's journey with this condition is just beginning so I hope it's not AF of anything that alters his life and career...good luck
  • 1 0
 He probably just had an EP study done but nothing was inducible. Therefor no ablation was needed. He would not get a Watchmen (left atrial appendage closure device). He is way too young, its for old people when they can't get rid of the afib.
  • 9 4
 Damn, there goes another one. Kyle quit mountainbiking because of it and is now a lobbyist.
  • 5 0
 Heart surgery and back on the bike in a few days! Rightio?
  • 5 5
 Or back to running along side the bike
  • 12 8
 These numerous episodes are clearly due to the ever-present chem trails high up in the skies.
  • 2 2
 Jesus, give it a rest already.
  • 4 6
 And 5G
  • 3 1
 It was cause of too much carrots at dinner the night before .... FDA is apparently putting out a warning to not eat too much carrots since rabbits eat carrots and thus carrots must be rabbit food, not fit for humans.
  • 1 1
 @norcohavocdirtjumper: okay but it’s because and not cause. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 True, we need more Chem trails to keep us healthy! More Chems the better for me!
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 @norcohavocdirtjumper: right and wrong. Carrots aren't bad because they are rabbits food, but because they raise your heart rate. Rabbits eat carrots and their hearts reach over 300bpm. Learn your facts!
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 @norcohavocdirtjumper: Carrots are Just the Ticket!
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 my heart regularly touches 200BPM riding tech. Its hard for me to recreate on a stationary... Wonder if I should see a doctor..
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flag burt-reynolds (Feb 24, 2024 at 7:08) (Below Threshold)
 Definitely go see a cardiologist. That is a no go zone for the heart.
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 Totally depends on the individual and your age, my max was 198 in my mid 30s. Probably completely fine but seek a professional opinion.
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 @burt-reynolds: 200bpm is absolutely normal, bpm arent standardized. some ppl go well above 200 and some dont. the problem is when you have tested your max and you go well above later. max bpm never goes up over time.

in doubt you can always see a doc of course, but 200 is a perfectly fine number.
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 @p1nkbike: Absolutely. Look at the HR data of athletes on Strava after any race eg running or biking. The younger athletes will all max out close to 200bpm and some even at 210. I dont know where that guy is getting the idea that 200bpm is unusual. I know at least 5 people I race with whose HR will go to 200bpm. Mine used to max out at about 198 racing enduro 9-10 years ago. It rarely goes above 188 now.
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 I know someone who goes to 220. Tbf they are my age (under 20) but still depends on individual heart
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 If you don't have a problem. It's not that dangerous. But it show the lack of what people called zone 2, easy endurance training. My max ever HR is 217. Last year max was 208. I reach 203 like every two or three months. A Doctor who is also my friend joke to me that I have a small heart so it had to beat faster. Hummingbird style he said.
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 @Hexsense: My resting heart rate is 36 and some doctors panic when they listen to my HR because they think I'm barely alive. It doesnt have much to do with endurance training either as my brother is the same and he has done very little sports in his life compared to me. There is huge variation between people so saying anything over 200bpm is the deathzone is a bit ridiculous.
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 When given’er becomes bad for ya…
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 PB took done that post of mine; yet they have claimed that they don't do that. HAHA so i've reposted it. The truth will prevail!
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 Hang in there Peter. Get back to 100% asap!!
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 Be safe. Hopefully the treatment will be effective.
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 To the nutter above . . . I had 3 Covid vaccines . . . I’m now a lizard and the earth is flat . . . Send help
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 Why only 3 ?
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 @watchtower: he had a heart attack on the way for the fourth
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 Question: what was the comment that was deleted??
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 It more or less said “it seems there’s a growing group of people questioning if there’s a connection between the vax and heart issues. Why isn’t it being discussed more?”
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 I blame his Whoop strap
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