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Men over 40 are most at risk of sudden death during triathlons

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4326 (Published 19 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4326
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Deaths and cardiac arrests during triathlons are not rare with most occurring during the swimming segment, according to a case series reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.1

Triathlon, which combines swimming, cycling, and running, has become increasingly popular in recent years. The study authors said that participants should be aware of the risks and should have adequately trained before taking part. They also said that middle aged and older men should be screened for any underlying cardiovascular disease before taking part.

The study found that death or cardiac …

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