Physical activity, heart and ageing: A morpho-functional study by echo-color-doppler in sedentary and non sedentary healthy subjects

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

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Abstract

Several papers have shown that in young people sports activity is associated with a higher prevalence of cardiac valves incompetence, that can be detected, though to a lesser extent, even in healthy subjects randomly selected from the population. Aim of the present study was to analyse the effects of physical activity not only in young subjects but even in the elderly, with particular reference to valve competence, by using the Echo-Color-Doppler. The study cohort was represented by 80 healthy young subjects, 40 men and 40 women, aged between 20 and 25 years, each group subdivided into two subgroups, sedentary and non sedentary, and 80 healthy elderly subjects, 40 men and 40 women, aged between 65 and 91 years, again divided into sedentary and non sedentary. Valve incompetence was more frequent in the elderly if compared to young subjects (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalItalian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia
Volume108
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Echo-color-doppler
  • Heart
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Medicine(all)

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