Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Marathon Risk for Non-Runners

Having a heart attack near a major race makes for grim survival odds

People who suffer heart attacks or cardiac arrests in the vicinity of an ongoing major marathon are more likely to die within a month due to delays in transportation to nearby hospitals, according to newly published research from Harvard Medical School.

The delays, the researchers say, likely stem from widespread street closures during major races that can hamper transportation in an emergency.

Link to full Harvard Medical School release on study led by MGH investigator Anupam Jena.

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