Vincent Aengevaeren and Thijs Eijsvogels, from the department of Physiology, published a study in Circulation. They assessed the association between lifelong exercise volumes and indicators of coronary atherosclerosis.
For this purpose, CT-scans were performed in nearly 300 athletes. Surprisingly, the most active athletes more often had coronary atherosclerosis compared to their less active peers. Nevertheless, the most active group had a more benign composition of plaques, with fewer mixed plaques and more often only calcified plaques. These observations may explain the increased longevity typical of endurance athletes despite the presence of more coronary atherosclerosis in the most active participants.
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