04 May '12, 9pm

Health and Fitness: Cardiovascular Research Studying Runners Launches at

PITTSBURGH, May 4 -- Feet, muscles and bones take a tremendous pounding from hundreds of miles of training and then racing in a marathon such as Sunday's Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, but little is known about how the heart reacts. This weekend, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine will inaugurate a year-long research study into the cardiovascular stress that athletes experience from a long-endurance event---particularly, the 26.2-mile marathon. To that end, Pitt researchers will place heart monitors on 10 volunteer participants before, during and the day after this Sunday's race, and also will draw a blood sample immediately following the race. The study participants, who cut across age ranges and competitive abilities, wear monitors that display results similar to a stress test -- and the findings can be compared against training jou...

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