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Study: College Athletes Risk Sudden Heart Attacks

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A new study published Monday in Circulation suggests that athletic young people have a higher risk of potentially fatal heart problems.

Researchers examined roughly 400,000 NCAA athletes between the ages of 17 and 23. Collected data found that one in 43,770 died of cardiac arrest.

The study may promote stricter physical examinations of student-athletes. The American Heart Association is also urging colleges and universities to keep more automated external defibrillators around sports arenas.

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