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Upcoming lecture focuses on heart safety for aging athletes

Dr. Larry Gaul

VAIL — In a continued effort to provide current health education and insight, the Vail Vitality Center and Vail Valley Medical Center are partnering to introduce a lecture series focused on optimizing life. The next lecture, titled “Cardiovascular Safety and the Aging Athlete” by internist and cardiology specialist Dr. Larry Gaul, takes place on Wednesday at noon at Terra Bistro at Vail Mountain Lodge and includes lunch.

Gaul’s presentation focuses on minimizing risk for the “mature” athlete — those age of 35 and older.

“My goal is to provide information on the risk of heart disease to older athletes,” said Gaul. “I’ll talk some about performance enhancing drugs, discuss available testing and provide recommendations for different risk groups.

The lecture includes information gathered at the recent International Olympic Committee conference that Gaul attended in Rome as well as updates from the American Society of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology.

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Dr. Gaul was a cardiologist in Vail for more than 20 years and transitioned to VVMC’s Internal Medicine department in 2013. He began his mountain journey as a dishwasher at the old Whistle Stop restaurant in Minturn. Then, after working as a paramedic and emergency medical technician in Vail, he decided to pursue his medical degree. He is a graduate of The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Penn State’s Hershey Medical School.

He performed his residency in internal medicine in New York and returned to Vail in 1993 as a board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician.

He is also the head team physician for the U.S. Ski Team Nordic disciplines and a representative for the U.S. to the International Ski Federation medical committee. He is a member of the Preventative and Sports Cardiology section of the European Society of Cardiology and the Sports Cardiology section of the American College of Cardiology. His interests include high altitude medicine (Gaul is a member of the International Society of Mountaineering Medicine), endurance sports (he is a Leadville 100 finisher and coach) and the impact of stress on illness.

Cost for the lecture is $40 per person and includes lunch from Terra Bistro.

The Summer Lecture Series is hosted by the Vail Vitality Center in partnership with VVMC. Registration is required at least 24 hours prior to each session. For information and registration, contact the Vail Vitality Center at 970-476-7721 or service@vailmounainlodge.com. Visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com/lecture-series for more information about these events.

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