Aorta may remodel in response to long-term exercise

Study of elite older athletes shows their aortic root is often enlarged

Aortic dilatation is common in older endurance athletes, suggesting the vessel may remodel in response to long-term exercise, a cross-sectional study reveals.

Senior runner

US researchers assessed the prevalence of aortic dilatation among 442 elite rowers and runners (mean age 61, 60% men, 52% rowers) who were enrolled in competitive athletic events across the US in 2018.

As reported in JAMA Cardiology, 21% of all participants (31% of the men; 6% of the women) had clinically