Harvard Heart Letter

Don't worry about sudden cardiac arrest during exercise

Getting regular exercise is the best way to prevent most types of heart disease—including sudden cardiac arrest.

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New findings may help allay fears about sports-related heart death.

You've probably heard at least one account of a middle-aged man who suddenly collapsed and died while exercising. One famous example is James F. Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running, who in 1984 died of a heart attack at age 52 while jogging.

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