Heart Risk For Physically Unprepared Riders
Many people fail to rev up their exercise regimen before they leave and the sudden burst of activity on the slopes puts them at risk for sudden cardiac death, researchers say.
"Our study of tourists in the Austrian Alps shows that inadequate preparation for the physical exertion required, combined with the effect of high altitude and cold temperatures, led to an increase in heart attacks, particularly during the first two days of vacation," says study researcher Gert Klug, MD, of the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Previous research showed that sudden cardiac death, of which heart attacks were the leading cause, accounted for 40% of deaths on the slopes.
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