Cardiac Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Cardiology Support Group

Cardiac Athletes Support Team

Founder, CEO and Editor of Cardiac Athletes

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Lars Andrews

Location: Australia

Presently a Chief Cardiac Physiologist Lars developed his 'Cardiac Athletes' idea out of a deep appreciation of what it is like to have a 'dis-ability' as a result of a rugby accident that left him temporarily paralysed and having to rehabilitate himself.

Various courses, qualifications and experiences have lead him in the direction of creating this unique online community support network. Although he was building a Cardiac Athletes website whilst at Hastings he launched the site for the first time in September 2001 and in 2002 introduced the forum. The website continues to grow successfully year on year.

Forum Moderators

Covering all time zones, combining a varied mix of cardiac conditions and a great wealth of sporting and cardiac knowledge, here are the CA Forum Moderators I owe a great deal of thanks to. Without them ‘ policing ‘ the Forum whilst I slumber it would likely be ruined or turn into chaos.

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Tony - "Coppertone"

Location: Australia

Voted joint Cardiac Athletes Sports Personality 2008

A retired Police Officer, Tony had a heart attack and double bypass graft in 2007 then discovered Cardiac Athletes this same year. Tony lives in Queensland, Australia and enjoys a mix of endurance and strength challenges, completing the Coolangata Gold Iron Man Race 14 months after his surgery. Tony joined CA on 30/4/2007.

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Brian - "Brian-Hart"

Location: UK

A retired ex UK Royal Military Police Soldier, Brian had a heart attack and quadruple bypass graft in 2006 and ablation for atrial fibrillation/flutter in 2013. Brian enjoys running and is hoping to beat his personal best marathon time of 2:37:00 one day. Brian lives in the South of England and joined Cardiac Athletes in 2006.

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Bill

Location: USA

An officer worker who caught a bacterial infection of his mitral valve which damaged it and necessitated open heart surgery in 2002 to repair the valve. Bill is a multi Ironman Triathlon finisher and joined Cardiac Athletes in 2007. Bill joined CA on 5/10/2007.

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Richard - "Greyg8r"

Location: USA

A self-employed environmental scientist from Florida, USA, Richard had angina in 2006 quickly followed by angioplasty and a stent. In 2008 he needed further aortic root and valve replacement but since then he has completed many marathons, triathlons and half Ironman competitions. Richard joined CA on 12/7/2007.

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Louise - "Louise"

Location: USA

An Army wife (retired) who took up exercise and running because it was something she could do with her soldier and stay healthy. Louise was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and underwent aortic valve replacement in November 2007. She continues her exercise and running to maintain her cardiac fitness and provide inspiration to other female athletes facing heart disease. Joined CA 8/12/2010.

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Brian - "EchoGuy"

Location: USA

A Dermatologist who had known aortic stenosis since 2003 which became severe in spring 2009 and required aortic valve replacement March 2010 with a bovine valve. Brian has also had part of his ascending aorta grafted. A dedicated endurance runner Brian was selected as one of Medtronics 'Global Heroes' in 2011. Joined CA: 15/3/2009

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Sandy - "scvb13"

Location: USA

An ICU nurse who started to get severe bouts of fatigue and chest pain until one day whilst on duty she had a severe bout of crushing chest pain, dangerous heart rhythms and was rushed to her own hospitals cath lab where tests showed she was born with a very rare abnormal heart artery. Sandy required immediate open heart surgery and a coronary bypass operation performed by her fellow co-workers. Sandy joined CA 8/12/2010 ( the same day as Louise ) and her professional knowledge and personal experiences have been a great boon to the Forum and other members ever since. Sandy enjoys keeping fit and healthy and participating in endurance running events.

The future success of this website depends ultimately on you, the Cardiac Athletes, so Post your stories on the Forum today so that they can uplift and inspire someone else tomorrow!

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