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Vigorous exercise tied to high CAC scores, low risk of death

Extremely active adults are likely to have coronary artery calcification but no higher mortality risk than people with CAC who get less exercise, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology. Healthy men in the study who exercised vigorously for at least five hours a week had more arterial plaques than their peers who exercised less, but they were less likely to die prematurely, and study leader Laura DeFina says the composition of plaques in extreme exercisers might be different.

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