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Triathlons can pose deadly heart risks, study says

Posted Mar 28 2009 3:48pm
This news was just recently released.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Here's a warning for weekend warriors: Swim-bike-run triathlons pose at least twice the risk of sudden death as marathons do, according to a new study.

The research was presented Saturday at a cardiology conference in Orlando, Fla. The study found about 15 out of every million triathlon participants die of sudden death, usually from heart problems during the swim event. That's a low risk, but not inconsequential when several hundred thousand Americans participate every year.

Doctors advise having a checkup first to make sure you don't have hidden heart problems.


I would have posted it sooner but I was out on a ten mile run in preparation for my upcoming triathlon season.

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