Women's Health When Exercising - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/21/06

Women's Health When Exercising

This is the time of year when a lot of us get serious about working out because warmer weather means shedding some clothes and showing more skin. But perhaps even more scary than that is a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Christine Albert, of Brigham and Women's Hospital says, "In our study, the women who were not previously exercising but then did what was out of the ordinary for them, acute bursts of exercise, were at a slightly elevated risk of having sudden cardiac death while they exercised."

Since previous studies have only focused on men. This 14 year study of 85,000 middle-aged women is a big deal, because it shows that men are not exclusive when it comes to sudden cardiac death during exercise. However, the risk is very small for women still more common in men.

The study at least reminds women as well as men that it's important to get checked by your doctor before going from "lazy" to launching into exercise.

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