Quick Tips for First-Time Cyclers


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Dr. Sanjiv M. Narayan, a graduate of the University of Birmingham medical program, joined Stanford University as a professor of medicine in 2014. In this position he has played a driving role in the development of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. Outside of work, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan stays active by cycling and swimming.

Cycling is a great way to experience new places while receiving a comprehensive workout. However, first-time cyclers may face a number of unexpected challenges.

For those who seek to get right into group cycling, for instance, riding in a paceline can be an unnerving experience. It takes some time to get used to riding so close to other cyclists. Instead of attempting to overcome anxieties associated with potentially crashing into other riders, individuals can simply hang near the back of the line, making use of the additional space and easier pace. As riders grow more confident in their positioning, they can move further up the line.

A more generalized tip is to effectively manage one’s recovery. Rest days are highly important, especially for new and young riders with less endurance. Cycling is an enjoyable, beneficial hobby, but cramming too many group and solo rides into one weekend can result in difficult riding conditions at best, and serious injuries at worst. Riders can consult with more experienced cyclists, and their physician, on an appropriate ride and rest cycle.


Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Arrhythmia


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Sanjiv M. Narayan is a well-established cardiologist and medical researcher who has developed innovative atrial fibrillation solutions. In his position as a professor of Stanford University, Sanjiv M. Narayan is in the process of establishing a center focused on arrhythmia research and therapy. Arrhythmia is a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly.

With a variety of symptoms, including a fluttering or racing heart, arrhythmia is caused by the electrical signals used to coordinate the heartbeat failing to work in sync. Common symptoms include a sense of breathlessness and dizziness. The causes of the condition range from mental stress to diabetes, as well as harmful habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Arrhythmia with no apparent symptoms may be detected through EKGs or routine exams.

Medications can control, but do not generally cure arrhythmia. One traditional treatment involves the use of cardioversion, or an electrical shock used to reset the heart to its proper rhythm. Ablation therapy involves the movement of catheters through one’s blood vessels, so that the catheter tube destroys or scars small sections of problem heart tissue.