Marathon Runners May be Causing Damage to Their Arteries

Illustration of the heart and aortaWhile moderate exercise has a protective effect on the heart, exercising too much can do harm, say Greek researchers from Athens Medical School.

In their recent study, male marathon runners had significantly increased stiffness of the aorta when compared with people who took part in moderate, recreational exercise. 

The aorta is the major artery leading from the heart and is the largest and most important artery in the body.  Stiffness of the aorta can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and even death. 

 

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Source: “Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Problems”, HealthDay, March 14, 2010 

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