Dr. Paul Thompson

Cardiology and the Athlete's Heart

Dr. Paul D. Thompson is Chief of Cardiology and The Athletes' Heart Program at Hartford Hospital and professor of medici ...More ne at the University of Connecticut.Dr. Thompson graduated cum laude in biology from Tufts Medical School. He served as medical intern and resident, as well as cardiology catheterization fellow, at Tufts New England Medical Center and completed his training in cardiology at Stanford Medical Center.He previously was professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1997 and on the Brown University faculty from 1978 to 1992. He has authored more than 300 scientific articles on topics including: the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the risk of sudden death during exercise, the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle and genetic factors affecting the exercise response.He currently has two National Institutes of Health grants examining the effect of statins on skeletal muscle. Dr. Thompson is an associate editor of the Textbook and Cardiovascular Medicine and the editor of "Exercise and Sports Cardiology." He is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Cardiovascular Disease section and one of 12 cardiologists responsible for preparing the cardiovascular certification exam....Less

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Marathon runners

Heart Study: This Type of Exercise Cuts Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

How far do you have to go to slow cardiovascular aging? How about 26.2 miles, not coincidentally the precise marathon distance? A new study suggests a basic six-month marathon-training program followed by 138 newbie runners, ages 21 to 69, reduced the equivalent of four years from their vascular age. The...

Winter and your heart.

Why Breathing Winter Air Through Your Mouth Is Bad for Your Heart

Benefits from exercising in the winter include helping beat seasonal blues, increasing energy levels and boosting your immune system in cold and flu season, but breathing cold air can have adverse effects on your body. “The rate of heart attacks may be as much as 30 percent higher in the...

Heart & aspirin.

Baby Aspirin a Day for Your Heart? Not For Everyone

While about 50 percent of older American adults take aspirin regularly to ward off heart disease, a new study reveals that the practice may actually cause more harm than good for healthy people. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology and physician co-director of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute,...

Man on Treadmill.

Exercise Program, Now Covered by Insurance, That Beats Heart Surgery

People living with Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, a condition where blood flow to legs is poor because arteries are narrow or blocked, now have another option for reducing pain and improving quality of life: a supervised exercise program. The program — now covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans...

Can Your Morning Coffee Ritual Really Help You Live Longer?

Like a lot of people, I can’t function in the morning without a cup of coffee. Now two studies suggest that drinking coffee might have even more powerful, lasting effects — reducing the risk of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases related to blood circulation and digestion....

Study: Overweight People Who Used Activity Tracker Lost Less Weight

Your physical activity tracker knows a lot about you, but it apparently doesn’t know how to make you lose much weight. It gets worse. A study published this week in JAMA found that overweight people who wore the trackers for 18 months actually lost less weight than people who logged...