Weight gain and increased systolic BP in collegiate U.S. football players may be due to concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, arterial stiffening and reduced left ventricular diastolic function, according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology.
After adjustment for race, height and player position, researchers observed that significant weight gain (mean weight gain, 4.74 kg; P < .001) in collegiate U.S. football athletes was due to arterial stiffening (increased pulse-wave velocity, beta = 0.01; P = .003) as well as the development of concentric LV hypertrophy (OR = 1.09; 95% CI, 1.05-1.14).
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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