Good news! According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a new study reports that despite the recent spate of race-day casualties, runners have a low risk of heart incidents.
“It’s dramatic news when a marathon runner collapses with no pulse,” states the article. “Now a big study finds such calamities are rare and usually due to a pre-existing heart problem.” After reviewing data on almost 11 million runners fron 2000-2010, “the researchers identified 59 cases of cardiac arrest, where a runner became unconscious with no pulse during the race or within an hour of finishing. Forty-two of the runners died.
“The overall figures translate to 1 cardiac arrest per 184,000 participants and 1 death per 259,000 participants, the researchers said. Those numbers are low compared to other athletic activities, as shown by prior studies of deaths in college athletes, triathlon participants and previously healthy middle-aged joggers, researchers said.
“Most of the cardiac arrests involved marathons rather than half-marathons, and 51 of the 59 cases happened in men.”
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