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1,249 Athlete Heart Attacks, 847 Dead In Past Year: Study

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  • A study by Good Sciencing found that 1,249 healthy young athletes have sudden heart attacks or other serious issues since last year, and 847 of those athletes died.
  • This is a huge spike in major medical issues. By comparison, the International Olympic Committee studied data from 1966 to 2004 and found a total 1,101 sudden deaths in athletes under 35 years of age – an average of 29 per year.

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