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Drop dead: Marathons can be bad for your heart


Marathon running is usually thought to be one of the healthiest activities that athletes participate in but there are too many cases where runners in a marathon die from cardiac problems before or just after finishing the race. The heart, like any muscle, needs to be exercised and taken care of to make sure it is operating at the best level for the individual involved. However, if it is made to work too hard the resulting stress can cause it to fail or beat improperly, causing irreparable damage and in some cases quick death.