The cardiovascular benefits of regular physical activity have been well documented,1 but vigorous exercise can also transiently increase the risk of sudden cardiac death.2- 4 Exercise-related sudden death in adults is primarily due to coronary artery disease,2,5 whereas such events in younger individuals are due to a variety of congenital and genetic cardiovascular disorders, including inherited cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, anomalies of the coronary arteries or to acquired cardiomyopathy.6- 8
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