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Monday, April 06, 2009

Triathlon and Risk of Sudden Death

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology 2009 Scientific Sessions demonstrates that the risk of sudden death is higher during a triathlon than during a marathon. Most deaths occur during the swim portion of the race and the average age of those who died was 42 years old.

I think that the take-home message here is that athletes, particularly those who do not compete regularly in races or those who have cardiovascular risk factors, should be screened by their physicians before racing.

2 comments:

Christie said...

That's scary.

Ruth Kidd said...

I've seen the news blurbs about this, but would love more detail. What risk factors were found in those who died. Gender differences? Do wetsuits reduce the risk? Etc. Any further light you can share on this would be great!