Clinical paradox? Exercise 'tied to greater coronary artery calcification'

The finding raises questions about the role of calcium scoring in cardiovascular risk stratification, specialists say

Patients who exercise hard and frequently are likely to have higher coronary artery calcium scores that increase faster over time than patients who are inactive, a large study shows.

The findings suggest a dose-response effect of exercise on plaque calcification, the researchers say.

The South Korean cohort study included nearly 25,500 people without CVD aged over 30 (mean age 42, 89% male) who had two or more coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurements as part of regular health