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Friday, October 11, 2013


Reuters (8/14, Pittman) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that men who participate in sports are 20 times more likely to die of sudden heart problems than their female athlete counterparts. Study author Dr. Eloi Marijon, of the Universite Paris Descartes at the Sorbonne Paris Cite in Paris, said the “study is the first to demonstrate the low incidence of sudden death among women in the general population is not only related to a lower sport participation.” Marijon cited two possible reasons for the difference: that men start activity quickly exerting all their energy immediately, whereas women build up to full exertion; and buildup and blockage of the arteries to the heart are more likely in men than woman.

HealthDay (8/14, Reinberg, 2K) adds that the “deaths varied by sport among men, but not among women.” According to Marijon, “whether this finding is related to the way of practicing sports or constitutional – for example, difference in terms of coronary heart disease and risk of arrhythmia during acute coronary syndrome – needs further study.”

MedPage Today (8/14, Gever, 185K) also reports on the study.

POSTED BY:  Steven Almany M.D.

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