18YO: Exercise Capacity & Muscle Strength and Risk of Vascular Disease & Arrhythmia

Research Paper Title

Exercise Capacity and Muscle Strength and Risk of Vascular Disease and Arrhythmia in 1.1 Million Young Swedish Men: Cohort Study.

Study Question

Is exercise capacity and muscle strength at age 18 years related to an increased risk of vascular disease and arrhythmia?

Summary Answer

High exercise capacity and muscle strength in late adolescence were independently and jointly associated with lower long term risk of vascular disease.

What Is Known and What This Paper Adds

High exercise capacity and muscle strength have been associated with lower risk of vascular disease and mortality, but exercise could increase the risk of arrhythmia. In this study, higher exercise capacity and muscle strength in late adolescence were independently and jointly associated with lower risk of vascular disease, but exercise capacity had a U shaped association with arrhythmia.

Reference

Andersen, K., Rasmussen, F. Held, C., Neovius, M., Tynelius, P. & Sundstrom, J. (2015) Exercise Capacity and Muscle Strength and Risk of Vascular Disease and Arrhythmia in 1.1 Million Young Swedish Men: Cohort Study. BMJ 2015;351:h4543.

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