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Live Fast, Die Young [PART II] - Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Athletes

May 12, 2017 11:52:03 AM / by Vicki Zandbergen posted in Life Underwriting, Sudden Cardiac Death, Underwriting

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.

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Live Fast, Die Young [PART I] - Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Athletes

May 10, 2017 10:07:00 AM / by Vicki Zandbergen posted in Underwriting, Life Underwriting, Sudden Cardiac Death

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.

Does being an athlete put me at higher risk for sudden death?

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