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Keywords

long-distance running, marathons, nursing, preparticipation screening, structural remodeling, sudden cardiac death

 

Authors

  1. Witham, Bethany Rolfe
  2. Babbitt, Keven

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Distance running has become increasingly popular since the 1970s. Despite the health benefits, long-distance running has been associated with an increased risk for cardiac events. Healthcare professionals should be familiar with distance running cardiac risk factors and preparticipation screening recommendations from the American Heart Association, and should screen and educate patients during healthcare encounters. Nurses are particularly well suited to educate runners on risks and symptoms of cardiac dysfunction.