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A collapsed runner needed emergency medical assistance on Upper Thames Street BBC London

London Marathon runner collapses with cardiac arrest just three miles from finish line

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A RUNNER has collapsed with a cardiac arrest while taking part in the London Marathon, agencies report.  The competitor dropped after suffering a heart attack in front of onlookers at the 23-mile mark on Upper Thames Street. A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 1:24pm to reports of a person in cardiac arrest on Upper Thames Street.

 “We sent a responder by car and a consultant doctor to the scene.”We treated a patient for a cardiac arrest.”They were taken as a priority to St Thomas’ Hospital.”The ambulance service plans to release figures about the number of calls they dealt with during the marathon tomorrow.  In 2012, Claire Squires, 30, died near the end of the race, prompting donations of more than £1m to her charity of choice, the Samaritans.

An American College of Cardiology study recently found the risk of sudden death during a marathon is less than one per 100,000 people

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