KOVR: "Researchers say survivors who ran more than 30 miles or walked more than 46 miles per week are overusing their heart and increasing their risk of death."
The research, conducted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found that, yes, exercise does reduce a heart attack survivor's risk of another episode to a point, but the benefit disappears for people who take it to extremes.
The 30-mile-per-week mark shouldn't be too surprising, though. We've heard it before as the threshold where the benefits of running start to disappear, even for people who haven't had heart attacks.
Earlier this summer, The Wall Street Journal, citing new research, dubbed breaking the 30-mile limit "the exercise equivalent of a cheeseburger" in terms of its effect on the heart.
CBS: "Those people have also a higher risk of having heart problems. So the people who are at the two extremes — nothing at all or too much — had heart problems."
But that's not something most of us will have to worry about. Very few people are marathon or ultramarathon runners — or even regular runners.
In fact, one of the key figures on the subject of over-exercise, cardiologist and former endurance athleteJames O'Keefe, says as many as half of Americans might be getting too little exercise, compared to the estimated 5 percent getting too much.