People suffering from significant atherosclerosis, but remaining very active, have a longer life, a Mayo Clinic study showed.
Previous studies have shown that athletes with increased endurance may have higher levels of atherosclerosis than other people on average. But regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease.
Atherosclerosis – blockage and narrowing of the arteries – can cause arrhythmias, heart attacks, strokes, chronic kidney diseases and other diseases. But constant physical activity reduces the likelihood of premature death.
The results are published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality and Outcomes.