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AbstractIt is well known that cardiovascular diseases cause a great number of deaths around the world but to emphasize how great an issue it is, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are considered the number one cause of death globally. An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVDs in 2012. That represents 31% of all global deaths1. However, this is a relatively preventable disease with a moderation of diet and the uptake of aerobic exercise such as running. A literature review was employed in order to gather data about the pros and cons of running on cardiovascular health. We demonstrated that running can significantly reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease but not eliminate diseases completely. In addition, we discuss the idea that extreme running is not the cause of sudden deaths during long marathons, but that undetected heart diseases are. This literature review was written in hopes of making the community more aware of the dangers of cardiovascular diseases, provide them with knowledge to reduce their risks, and encourage even those with low risks to receive yearly checkups in the chances that they might have a genetic disorder and are exacerbating their condition by putting too much stress on their hearts.
Degree ProgramHonors College