Is Long-Distance Running Bad for Heart?
from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Is running long distance hazardous to your heart? It sure was for Phidippides, the first marathoner. After the Athenian army defeated the Persians at the battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., Phidippides is said to have run in about three hours the 25 miles back to Athens to deliver the news. According to legend, he uttered the word "Nike" (victory) and expired. About one in every 50,000 marathoners dies during a race. The incidence of sudden cardiac arrest among the general population is 50 times as great.
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