Heart attacks and other types of sudden cardiac deaths occur at endurance events like marathons. You might think that out-of-shape participants would mainly be the ones at risk. But experienced runners can suffer deaths at marathons as well.

What can runners do to decrease their risk of heart issues during a race? And what can races and the medical staff covering these events do to prevent a runner from dying?

In this video, I suggest strategies for medical personnel and event organizers to prepare to treat these events quickly should they occur. I also discuss what you as a runner should do to minimize your chances of suffering a heart attack during a race.

Also read:
Cardiac arrest and marathons: Tips runners need to consider
Cardiac screening for young athletes

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