The recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology challenges the common myth that sudden cardiac arrest incidents linked to sporting activities are common occurrences among older individuals. The study found that such incidents are actually very rare. Out of 4,078 sudden cardiac arrest instances in adults around the age of 65, only 77 (1.9%) were linked to activities like exercise, including cycling, working out at the gym, running, or playing tennis or golf.

The researchers analyzed available reports for 3,162 cardiac arrest cases and 47 cases of sports-related cardiac arrest. They discovered that individuals who experienced sudden cardiac arrest during or immediately after exercise had fewer cardiovascular risk factors and other health issues compared to those who had sudden cardiac arrest unrelated to exercise.

Furthermore, the study noted that people who suffered sports-related cardiac arrest were more likely to experience it in a public location. This is significant because the chances of survival are much higher when immediate medical attention can be provided in a public setting.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when there is an electrical malfunction in the heart, causing it to stop beating. It is a life-threatening event, with most people dying within minutes. However, the study found that the occurrence of sudden cardiac arrest has decreased among working-age individuals in recent years, while rates have increased among older people.

While exercise can, in rare cases, trigger an irregular heart rhythm that leads to sudden cardiac arrest, the study emphasizes that the benefits of sports activity likely outweigh the associated risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Engaging in regular exercise remains one of the most heart-healthy habits individuals can adopt.

In conclusion, the study’s findings suggest that sudden cardiac arrest incidents related to sports activity are uncommon among older individuals, and those who experience such incidents tend to have fewer underlying health issues. Therefore, the authors assert that the benefits of sports activity outweigh the risk of associated sudden cardiac arrest.


The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.

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