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.