As you may recall, I recently wrote a blog post on Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Young Athletes. In that article, I walked you through the history of marathoning, the (potential) increased risks for young athletes, and the particular case of Ryan Shay. We left off with the question:
Are athletes in fact at increased risk for sudden cardiac death?
Although sudden cardiac death is the leading medical cause of death in athletes, it is rare. Most athletes do not “drop dead” while competing in their sport.
Sudden cardiac death (SCD), a very quick unexplained death due to the loss of heart function, is the leading medical cause of death in athletes.
As both an underwriter and an athlete, this sounds scary!
I’m female, I’m in my 30s, I don’t smoke, I (mostly) eat well, and I don’t have any typical risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle. For the general population, this puts me in a very low risk category, but… I’m a runner.