Study: Marathons up risks, de­lay treat­ment for oth­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not nec­es­sar­ily those of the run­ners. It takes longer for nearby res­i­dents to get to a hos­pi­tal for emer­gency heart care on the day of a race and they’re less likely to sur­vive, a U.S. study finds.

For every 100 peo­ple suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack or car­diac ar­rest, three to four more died within a month if they had sought care on a marathon day ver­sus an­other time, the study found.

It was pub­lished Wed­nes­day by the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine, just be­fore Bos­ton’s an­nual 26.2-mile (42-kilo­me­ter) race, set for Mon­day.

The study in­cluded marathons in Bos­ton, Chicago, Honolulu, Hous­ton, Los An­ge­les, Min­neapo­lis, New York City, Or­lando, Philadel­phia, Seat­tle and Washington be­tween 2002 and 2012. It did not in­clude 2013, when bombs at the Bos­ton Marathon might have caused un­usual de­lays.

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