Is thickening of the heart wall a concern? 

I am 63, a lifelong runner, nonsmoker, rarely drink, run about 30 miles per week, run occasional half marathons and have some thickening of the heart wall. Is this a concern? Thank you.

Submitted by Jeff from Cleveland, Ohio on 10/04/2013

by Atasu Nayak, MD

Thanks for the question. Thickening of the heart wall can be seen in marathon runners. You will need an Echocardiogram to confirm or exclude this finding. Since I do not know your other cardiac history, please consult with your cardiologist regarding echo and further tests if needed.