part of a campaign to promote heart health throughout February, PittsburghBallet Theatre performer Julia Erickson agreed to have her heart checked
throughout rehearsals for the production of Swan Lake. Michael Mathier, M.D., a
cardiologist with the UPMC
Heart and Vascular Institute and medical director of
the UPMC Community Outreach and Cardiovascular Health Program, took readings of Ms. Erickson’s heart rate each time
she completed a routine in order to demonstrate the benefits of exercise to
results were excellent, reaching 85 percent of her maximum heart rate. She emphasized
the importance of cardiovascular health for her own performances. “I am happy
to hear I am in good cardiovascular condition. As dancers, we want to recover
as quickly as possible so we can get back on stage,” she said.
your heart beat faster – it’s good for you,” said Dr. Mathier. “But be smart about it. If you have a heart
condition, make sure you talk to your doctor ahead of time. Start easy and gradually work up to a higher
level of activity.”
is the principal dancer in the demanding role of Odette/Odile for “Swan Lake,”
which runs at the Benedum on Feb. 13 to16.
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