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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Are YOU Afraid of Your Heartbeat after a Good Run?


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Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the US National Institute on Aging believe there's no reason to fear odd heartbeats after a brisk run, even if those heartbeats feel strange to you:

"Healthy, older adults free of heart disease need not fear that bouts of rapid, irregular heartbeats brought on by vigorous exercise might increase short- or long-term risk of dying or having a heart attack, according to a report by heart experts at Johns Hopkins and the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).

"Researchers say such fears surfaced after previous studies found that episodes of errant heart rhythms, more formally known as non-sustained ventricular tachycardia, more than double the chance of sudden death in people who have already suffered a heart attack

Read the rest of the story at
Science Daily: Exercise-Linked Ventricular Tachycardia Is Not a Risk to Healthy Older Adults.

OK, class, put those running shoes back on and glory in the sunshine. Let your heart fill with gratitude that you can run, that the weather's gorgeous, and with whatever else you're enjoying. Power up your personal health on indoor tracks or outdoor paths.

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