A heart attack is a fatal condition in which the heart’s blood supply is suddenly cut off. Health experts often recommend doing some exercise to keep your heart healthy.
Experts recommend regular exercise to improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
However, there is a type of exercise that can increase the risk of developing this life-threatening condition. According to a review published in the journal Circulation, people who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity recreational activity per week had a 14% lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to those who did not report exercise. However, there may be a link between exercise and an increased risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks as well.
There is increasing evidence that prolonged and intense levels of exertion may increase the risk of acute cardiac events.
The studies found a potential risk factor for future cardiovascular events, given the known association between hyperactivity and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
And in a study published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, intense exercise was further analyzed on the cardiovascular health effects.
The study noted: “High-intensity exercise can acutely, albeit transiently, increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or sudden cardiac death (SCD) in individuals with underlying heart disease.
A Canadian study, which included participating athletes between the ages of 12 and 45, found that 74 cases of sudden cardiac arrest out of 18.5 million people, during years of observation, resulted in an incidence of 0.76 cases per 100,000 athletes annually.
And 16 sudden cardiac arrests occurred during competitive sports, of which 44% survived, while 58 cases occurred during non-competitive sports, and 44% of them also survived.
Recent studies have shown that the amount of exertion or the intensity of long-term exercise is associated with many potential cardiac maladaptations.”
The Cleveland Clinic said that intense, long-term training and competition in endurance events can lead to heart damage and arrhythmias.
The medical website continued: “People with genetic risk factors are particularly vulnerable to this condition. A study of marathon runners found that even after completing intense runs, the athletes’ blood samples contained biomarkers associated with heart damage.”
Furthermore, research has found evidence that high-intensity exercise can sharply increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death in people with underlying heart disease.
This can also increase the risk of developing heart rhythm disturbances, especially for the minority with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or coronary heart disease.
If you have symptoms, a history of heart disease, or risk factors for heart disease, check with your doctor before starting or changing your exercise regimen.