Sports Scientist Suggests Sudden Cardiac Death More Likely in Athletes


Sports Scientist Suggests Sudden Cardiac Death More Likely in Athletes

Professor Wayne Derman from the SA Medical Research Council has recently issued a warning that before you prepare for a work out, you should be alert about the intensity of the same.

It is being said that working out is necessary for a healthy heart, but excess of it could mean increased risk of suffering a sudden cardiac attack. Sudden cardiac arrest is much like a natural death that could occur within a period of six hours of the realization of symptoms.

On the third day of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery's Sixth World Congress, Derman also told that people younger than 35 were at 0.3 to 3.6 per 100 000 people a year risk of sudden cardiac death. The meeting was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

It has been told that the figures related to sudden cardiac arrest risks in athletes were much higher. The rate of risk in them was noted at one to three people in every 100 000 per year. Fabrice Muamba, Bolton Wanderers soccer player, had suffered the same last year during a FA cup match.

Also, Norwegian Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, Italian soccer player Piermario Morisini and London Marathon runner Claire Squires suffered the condition and died last year. Two tri-athletes who died this year during the Ironman endurance race also were suspected to have suffered heart attacks.

Derman, leading sports scientist, suggested screening of athletes to prevent such scenarios.

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