Running: Hurting the Heart?
the MPR take:
A new study on endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, has found that while endurance exercise participants may have lower blood pressure, heart rates, and bad cholesterol, compared to those who do not participate, their risk of heart disease is still dependent upon age, lifestyle, and family history. Conversely, training did not directly damage the heart. The study showed no relationship between the number of hours spent training or running speed and artery plaque levels. Dr. Beth Taylor, the study's lead author, says that frequent and prolonged endurance exercise is not likely to cause harm to the heart, but that these athletes should be conscious of their past health habits and family history and be aware of any warning signs of cardiovascular distress.
An ingenious new study of marathon runners and their non-running spouses should reassure anyone headed for a spring marathon that prolonged training doesn't damage the heart, a concern that has been raised in previous research. While we all know that exercise is healthy, some research has begun ...
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