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The Divers Most At Risk for Heart Attacks

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American divers don't get old. We just get bigger medical bills and cosmetic surgery. But elsewhere in the world, there is concern that older, overweight divers should shed those extra pounds they've put on since they were in their sporting prime -- to avoid underwater heart attacks.

Dr. Peter Buzzacott of the University of Western Australia published a study in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, suggesting that those divers who learned to dive a long time ago and are now old, overweight, and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are at increased risk of dying. It is estimated that 3.3 million Americans and 2.8 million Europeans will scuba dive during 2018, and while deaths from diving overall are rare, the percentage that can be attributed to cardiac problems is rising....

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