Is Running Bad for Your Heart?

November 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment


Just read this article (via The Gear Junkie) and it’s kind of scary.

The study, administered at the West-German Heart Center Essen, focused on male marathoners age 50 and up. Among its findings, while the runners had lower than average cholesterol levels and better blood pressure, they had more measurable coronary calcium buildup or plaque than the general population.

It’s hard to deny that many people have died of heart attacks despite being considered “fit” by most standards.  I would think that our evolution would have given us the ability to run long distances without these kind of health concerns.  It’s kind of scary.  

When I was 10 or 11 I went to see a heart specialist to have my heart checked out because a doctor had heard something funny during a routine checkup.  It happened again freshman year of college during our physicals for cross country.

It’s definately counter-intuitive to think that running could be bad for you so I’ll be following this study to see what comes of it.

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