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Incidence of Death During Jogging in Rhode Island From 1975 Through 1980 FREE

Paul D. Thompson, MD; Erik J. Funk, MD; Richard A. Carleton, MD; William Q. Sturner, MD
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Reprint requests to Division of Nutrition and Metabolism, The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Ave, Providence, RI 02906 (Dr Thompson).


From The Miriam Hospital (Dr Thompson), and the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Brown University Program-in-Medicine (Dr Sturner), Providence, RI; and the Memorial Hospital (Drs Funk and Carleton), Pawtucket, RI.


JAMA. 1982;247(18):2535-2538. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320430039028.
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In the six years from 1975 through 1980, a total of 12 men died during jogging in the state of Rhode Island. The cause of death in 11 was coronary heart disease (CHD). One man died of an acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The prevalence of jogging in the Rhode Island population was determined using a random-digit telephone survey. Among men aged 30 through 64 years, 7.4%±2.6% (mean±SEe) reported jogging at least twice a week. The incidence of death during jogging for men of this age group was one death per year for every 7,620 joggers, or approximately one death per 396,000 man-hours of jogging. This rate is seven times the estimated death rate from CHD during more sedentary activities in Rhode Island and suggests that exercise contributes to sudden death in susceptible persons. The occurrence of only one death per 7,620 joggers per year demonstrates that the risk of exercise is small and suggests that the routine exercise testing of healthy subjects before exercise training is not justified.

(JAMA 1982;247:2535-2538)

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Thompson PD, Stern MP, Williams P, et al:  Death during jogging or running: A study of 18 cases . JAMA 1979;242:1265-1267.
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Opie LH:  Sudden death and sport . Lancet 1975;1:263-266.
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Waller BF, Roberts WC:  Sudden death while running in conditioned runners aged 40 years or over . Am J Cardiol 1980;45:1292-1300.
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Milvy P, Siegel AJ:  Physical activity levels and altered mortality from coronary heart disease with an emphasis on more than running: A critical review . Cardiovasc Rev Rep 1981;2:233-236.
Haskell WL, Debusk R:  Cardiovascular responses to repeated treadmill exercise testing soon after myocardial infarction . Circulation 1979;60:1247-1251.
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Cannel CF, Fowler FJ:  Interviewers and interviewing techniques: Advances in health survey research methods , in National Invitation Conference on Health Survey Research Methods . National Center for Health Services Research, US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare No. 77-3154, 1975, p 14.
Walker AH, Humphrey AB: Results of the 1972 and 1975 Health Interviewers Surveys . Profiles from the Health Statistics Center, series 4. Providence, RI, Rhode Island Health Services Research Inc, 1977, pp 9-12.
Population Advisory Committee Minutes— Projection E , Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program. Providence, RI, Rhode Island Department of Health, 1981.
Computer Tabulations: Rhode Island Department of Health, Vital Statistics, 1975-1980 . Providence, RI, Rhode Island Health Services Research Inc, 1980.
Koplan JP:  Cardiovascular deaths while running . JAMA 1979;242:2578-2579.
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French AJ, Dock W:  Fatal coronary arteriosclerosis in young soldiers . JAMA 1944; 124:1233-1237.
Link to Article
Vuori I, Makarainen M, Jaaskelainen A:  Sudden death and physical activity . Cardiology 1978;63:287-304.
Link to Article
Choi JW: Exercise and Participation in Sports Among Persons 20 Years of Age and Over: United States 1975 , advance data No. 19. US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1978.
Rochmis P, Blackburn H:  Exercise tests: A survey of procedures, safety, and litigation experience in approximately 170,000 tests . JAMA 1971;217:1061-1066.
Link to Article
McIntosh HD: Jogging:  Thou shall not kill (thyself) . JAMA 1979;241:2547-2548.
Link to Article
Irving JB, Bruce RA:  Exertional hypotension and postexternal ventricular fibrillation in stress testing . Am J Cardiol 1977;39:849-851.
Link to Article
McHenry PL:  Risks of graded exercise testing . Am J Cardiol 1977;39:935-937.
Link to Article
Fletcher GF, Cantwell JD:  Ventricular fibrillation in a medically supervised cardiac exercise program: Clinical, angiographic, and surgical correlations . JAMA 1977;238:2627-2629.
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Mead WF, Pyfer HR, Trombold JC, et al:  Successful resuscitation of two near simultaneous cases of cardiac arrest with a review of 15 cases occurring during supervised exercise . Circulation 1976;53:187-189.
Link to Article
Haskell WL:  Cardiovascular complications during exercise training of cardiac patients . Circulation 1978;57:920-925.
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Thompson PD, Stern MP, Williams P, et al:  Death during jogging or running: A study of 18 cases . JAMA 1979;242:1265-1267.
Link to Article
Opie LH:  Sudden death and sport . Lancet 1975;1:263-266.
Link to Article
Waller BF, Roberts WC:  Sudden death while running in conditioned runners aged 40 years or over . Am J Cardiol 1980;45:1292-1300.
Link to Article
Milvy P, Siegel AJ:  Physical activity levels and altered mortality from coronary heart disease with an emphasis on more than running: A critical review . Cardiovasc Rev Rep 1981;2:233-236.
Haskell WL, Debusk R:  Cardiovascular responses to repeated treadmill exercise testing soon after myocardial infarction . Circulation 1979;60:1247-1251.
Link to Article
Cannel CF, Fowler FJ:  Interviewers and interviewing techniques: Advances in health survey research methods , in National Invitation Conference on Health Survey Research Methods . National Center for Health Services Research, US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare No. 77-3154, 1975, p 14.
Walker AH, Humphrey AB: Results of the 1972 and 1975 Health Interviewers Surveys . Profiles from the Health Statistics Center, series 4. Providence, RI, Rhode Island Health Services Research Inc, 1977, pp 9-12.
Population Advisory Committee Minutes— Projection E , Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program. Providence, RI, Rhode Island Department of Health, 1981.
Computer Tabulations: Rhode Island Department of Health, Vital Statistics, 1975-1980 . Providence, RI, Rhode Island Health Services Research Inc, 1980.
Koplan JP:  Cardiovascular deaths while running . JAMA 1979;242:2578-2579.
Link to Article
French AJ, Dock W:  Fatal coronary arteriosclerosis in young soldiers . JAMA 1944; 124:1233-1237.
Link to Article
Vuori I, Makarainen M, Jaaskelainen A:  Sudden death and physical activity . Cardiology 1978;63:287-304.
Link to Article
Choi JW: Exercise and Participation in Sports Among Persons 20 Years of Age and Over: United States 1975 , advance data No. 19. US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1978.
Rochmis P, Blackburn H:  Exercise tests: A survey of procedures, safety, and litigation experience in approximately 170,000 tests . JAMA 1971;217:1061-1066.
Link to Article
McIntosh HD: Jogging:  Thou shall not kill (thyself) . JAMA 1979;241:2547-2548.
Link to Article
Irving JB, Bruce RA:  Exertional hypotension and postexternal ventricular fibrillation in stress testing . Am J Cardiol 1977;39:849-851.
Link to Article
McHenry PL:  Risks of graded exercise testing . Am J Cardiol 1977;39:935-937.
Link to Article
Fletcher GF, Cantwell JD:  Ventricular fibrillation in a medically supervised cardiac exercise program: Clinical, angiographic, and surgical correlations . JAMA 1977;238:2627-2629.
Link to Article
Mead WF, Pyfer HR, Trombold JC, et al:  Successful resuscitation of two near simultaneous cases of cardiac arrest with a review of 15 cases occurring during supervised exercise . Circulation 1976;53:187-189.
Link to Article
Haskell WL:  Cardiovascular complications during exercise training of cardiac patients . Circulation 1978;57:920-925.
Link to Article
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