Heart & Cardiology/LAFB


Hello Dr Richardson,

39 year old male. Been going to gym 3 times per week for 20 years. Eat well. So my lifestyle is pretty healthy. I was shocked when i was diagnosed with IVCD ... LAFB approx two years ago.

I have read through the new study about the long term consequences of LAFB on older people 65+ which claims an approx 25 % more people with LAFB developed AFib abd CHF.

I took a look at the study and noticed the LAFB group generally drunk more, had a higher BMI, smoked more and earnt less money suggesting they lived an unhealthier lifestyke than peoole with out LAFB.

1 From your experience do you still think LAFB is still a benign cindition?

2 Am i likley to develop afib or chf in the near future, taking into account my healthy lifestyle and age?

3 im planning to run a marathon soon. Is it safe to do this?

4 do i need more heart tests?

From a very anxious guy.



Hello Matt,

1. Yes, quite benign.  Not totally benign, as you have read.

2. No , not in nest 10 years.

3. Yes, You're safe to run a marathon.

4. No. no tests needed.

Please write back if this note doesn’t answer all your questions.

David Richardson

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David Richardson


Adult heart function and disease. Not very good about children lesss than 12. Hypertension is o.k. Heart rhythm a special interest.


Certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Was chairman of division of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Am now mostly retired.

Fellow of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology and member of American Physiological Society..

Circulation, American Heart Journal, Hypertension.

M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Residency training at Yale Uhniversity School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia.

Awards and Honors
Gold Heartt Award from American Heart Association in 1995.

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