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Re: “Anyone else cough up blood in Medical Lake?

It´s not the water. You both have classic symptoms of Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE). It´s when the blood and fluid flow into your lungs, and you could possibly drown from within. Research how many triathletes have "drowned" during the swim, but how few die during the rest of the event. These are good swimmers too overall. Google "triathlon" and "coughing up blood" and you will be amazed at how many exact hits you get. There´s a lot of good stuff on Slowtwitch, and an article from Triathlete Magazine that discusses it.
I´ve had it twice this summer, was diagnosed with Pneumonia but didn´t believe it so I started researching it and came up with this.
You´ll find more info on line than from your doctor, but we need to educate the medical field due to the potential for death.
Drinking too much water before the race, and taking fish oil supplements seem to be a factor.

Posted by triathlete on 08/12/2010 at 6:13 AM

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