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Running with face masks/respirators detrimental to respiratory and cardiovascular systems

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In a new publication from Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications; DOI, Yidan Wang, Gary Tse and Guoliang Li from The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China and Second Hospital of Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China consider how running with face masks or respirators can be detrimental to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The use of face masks and respirators is an important public health measure to reduce or prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Here the authors discuss the hypothetical mechanisms by which exercise with face masks or respirators can induce detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system, potentially explaining adverse events such as cardiac arrhythmias and spontaneous pneumothorax. Although sudden death associated with the wearing of a face mask during running is a rare event, the risk is higher especially in those with existing cardiac comorbidities. In such cases, a mask designed specifically for runners with no or few side effects of oxygen deficiency should be considered instead.


Citation information: Running with Face Masks or Respirators Can Be Detrimental to the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems, Yidan Wang, Gary Tse and Guoliang Li, Cardiovasc. Innov. App., 2021,

Keywords: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; myocardial fibrosis

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