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That is not an encouraging chart you posted ..... I hope my wife doesn't see it ......
On the other hand 'Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative'. Maurice Chevalier
Age affects many human functions .... including eyesight, hearing, balance, reflexes, and cognitive skills ..... as a general rule it is not good news to be at the back of the herd age wise .....
"Figures released this week show that more people are now being killed in the Netherlands while riding an electric bike than a moped, and nearly 90% of fatalities were aged 60 or above. [emphasis added]
The death toll has prompted Dutch police to call for those who start riding bikes fitted with a motor to take a safety course."
â€śPeople are staying mobile for longer and are more likely to go for an e-bike,â€ť Egbert-Jan van Hasselt, who heads the Dutch police road safety unit, told the Dutch newspaper AD.
â€śIn itself, thatâ€™s nice because itâ€™s healthy. But unfortunately some of the elderly lack the ability. [It is] not a normal bike.â€ť
+1 mph Faster
But, it was true that the higher even rate appears to be more with 'first timers' to USAT (40%).
*And no elites or pros, so maybe that is what I should shoot for
Perhaps 'seasoned' athlete's are truly at less risk.
And I went from running (marathons) to triathlon which apparently didn't lower my risk but I'm sure having more fun.
I do love the bike, it's just that d*mn S part of the race.. and no e-biking when I lose my reflexes...
(nice chart, BTW)
"The potential etiologies of SCD include structural heart disease, inherited arrhythmias syndromes, and coronary heart disease; the exact distribution of etiologies varies according to age and geography, among other variables. (See 'Etiology of sudden death' above and "Pathophysiology and etiology of sudden cardiac arrest"
This is exactly why you should not get medical advice from the internet...asymptomatic people die from undiagnosed CAD every day.
Age is all you need. Consider getting a second opinion if there is 'debate' over the meaning/importance of your numbers or what to do with your results. You should go over this with your doctor and make sure your questions are answered and you understand risks and benefits.
That said, I often have my patients pay for a coronary CT scan out of their pocket (with no kickback or violation of any 'Fraud/Waste and Abuse'...) in order to find out if it is likely that they have CAD or not. It is a diagnostic test very specific for coronary artery calcification. The numbers are important as you can identify patients who would not otherwise be treated aggressively, perhaps avoiding a cardiac event. It's an anatomic test, not a physiologic test. It simply identifies plaque, or not. (*I've been able to stop statins in people with calcium scores of 0 too).
A calcium 'score' > 100 is highly associated with plaque in the coronary vessel=CAD. The best treatment option is almost always aspirin and a statin to a goal LDL of ~40-70.
It doesn't mean you can't live life fully and remain active. It means you need to be more vigilant (than previously) for symptoms that could be the first sign of significant CAD. Discuss it with your cardiolgist.
Have gone back each year to repeat the CT scan and all is well. The treatment and subsequent tests have allayed my fears. Doc now says I don't need to get a CT scan each year as things have progressed positively.
DEFINITELY recommend the CT scan for the benchmark for anyone over 50 and athletic - it can be sobering but it's invaluable info.
Thanks Larry. I will read your blog piece tomorrow morning, but not before bedtime. :)
Not just experience - it would be interesting to find out what actually happened in these cases. Were the racers fit or "fit"? Did they have congenital defects that finally got to the point where they caused problems in the water? Or is it truly random? I doubt the latter, but that's what people seem to be assuming. Could it be that men are more likely than women to train and race with poor diet and health practices and it manifests in the water, like when shoveling snow? That seems likelier than being driven primarily by age alone.
You will be disappointed at the results. Just do a forum search on the various deaths that have been posted. A few years ago we had a surge in the number of deaths during the swim, I recall that they all were fairly well trained with one being in the national championship race. It's natural to ask and even assume lack of training as a significant cause, but the scary part was that the swim deaths were occurring early in the swim. Also, read "The Haywire Heart" if you want a depressing look at the potential problems of long duration training over the years. All you can do is accept that there is the possibility of an increased risk of death, due to endurance exercise, in some portion of the endurance population. Kemoy Campbell just had an incident at the Millrose games, and he was the pace rabbit in the 3000m (he's in critical but stable condition as of last report). Keeping fit doesn't get you immunity, it does give you a better quality of life and lessens the risk of death attributed to the general population lifestyle choices.
This request is for Pathlete above, (I'm not ignoring you)!