Effects of physical activity on blood pressure monitoring and morphometric parameters of the left ventricle and of the abdominal aorta in healthy elderly subjects

Claudio Macchi, Raffaele Molino Lova, Fabrizio Giannelli, Mario Papucci, Andrea A. Conti, Ferdinando Paternostro, Massimo Contini, Benedetta Miniati, Massimo Gulisano, Claudio Catini

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Abstract

To investigate the effects of physical activity not only on morphometric left ventricular parameters, but also on the abdominal aorta diameter and on blood pressure, we enrolled 100 healthy subjects, 50 males and 50 females, aged between 63 and 91 years (mean 73.3 ± s.d. 7.7), each divided into two sobgroups, sedentary and non sedentary, come to our observation for a diagnostic screening. For each subject an Echography was performed, by using an Acuson 128XP10 apparatus, equipped with a 2 MHz phased array probe, both for the study of the heart and for the study of the abdominal aorta. Then, all the subjects underwent 24 hours blood pressure monitoring by using a P6 Delmar apparatus in order to get mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Diastolic blood pressure was significantly related to physical activity (sedentary > non sedentary, P females, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalItalian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia
Volume108
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Abdominal aorta
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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