oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Runners' hearts: Study report discusses atherosclerosis in marathon runners

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Marathon running cannot ensure protection from coronary atherosclerosis or fatal coronary artery disease. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 301: 2, 86-89, 1979), Dr Tim Noakes et al report on their autopsy findings in five marathon runners. Included in their study were the coronary conditions of three runners killed in an automobile accident during a routine training run.

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