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Cardiologist Says Keep Running, But Slow Down Pace

Feb 25, 2015

Running as hard and as fast and as often as you can may not be a recipe for longevity.
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The first marathon-runner was a Greek messenger who ran 26 miles to announce a Greek victory in the Trojan War before dropping dead in his tracks. A cardiologist living in Kansas City has amassed research and data suggesting there might have been a reason for that. Extreme cardiovascular activity for prolonged periods of time done rigorously and continuously over a lifetime doesn't correlate with a long lifespan, he says. And the heart has a lot to do with that.

Guest:

  • James O'Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at St. Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute , professor, UMKC School of Medicine