- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
About 50 million Americans say they participate in some form of running or jogging, which means it ranks among the most popular forms of exercise. But while running has many health benefits (especially for your heart), it’s a high-impact activity that carries a higher risk of injury than walking and other low-impact exercise.
That’s especially true for middle-aged and older people, who also have a higher baseline risk for heart disease than their younger counterparts, says Dr. Neal Lakdawala, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital who will be running his 12th marathon this spring.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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