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Researchers find college football players' weight gain leads to heart problems

Weight gain and high blood pressure in college football players leads to adverse changes in cardiac structure and function, indicating monitoring and early intervention is needed for this young and otherwise healthy athletic population, according to a new study by Emory University researchers.  The study, published in JAMA Cardiology on Oct. 16, found weight gain and increased systolic blood pressure were associated with arterial stiffening and the development of concentric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) -- a thickening of the wall in the heart's left pumping chamber that can lead to heart attack and stroke.  Read more.....

 

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