What is it about?

Increased arterial stiffness and impaired arterial dilatatation capacity in reponse to increased need for blood flow are the first signs of cardiovascular diseases and they can be seen already in children. We showed that children with higher peak oxygen uptake, the gold standard measure of aerobic fitness, had better arterial dilatation capacity than lower fit children. However, fitness was not related to arterial stiffness.

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Why is it important?

Our findings showed that higher fit children had healthier arteries than their lower fit peers. Therefore, enhansing aerobic fitness in children may help to prevent cardiovascular diseases later in life.


Second paper of my PhD student Andrew Agbaje.

Dr. Eero Haapala
University of Jyväskylä

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This page is a summary of: Associations of Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Adiposity With Arterial Stiffness and Arterial Dilatation Capacity in Response to a Bout of Exercise in Children, Pediatric Exercise Science, January 2019, Human Kinetics,
DOI: 10.1123/pes.2018-0145.
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