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Circumference and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Retired NFL Players

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:08 pm EDT
"We examined whether their [retired NFL players] neck circumference was associated with components of metabolic syndrome and to subclinical atherosclerosis of the carotid and coronary arteries."

New research in Clinical Cardiology studies the relationship between neck circumference, metabolic syndrome and subclinical atherosclerosis in retired National Football League Players. 1023 retired NFL players voluntarily participated in health screening exams conducted between September 2007 and November 2009.

Yashashwi Pokharel, MD, MSCR of Baylor College of Medicine stated, “We examined whether their [retired NFL players] neck circumference was associated with components of metabolic syndrome and to subclinical atherosclerosis of the carotid and coronary arteries.”

21% of participants had MetS. Coronary artery calcium and carotid artery plaque were present in 62% and 56%, respectively.

“We found that the retired NFL players with metabolic syndrome had a higher median neck circumference compared to those without metabolic syndrome (17 vs. 16 inches),” Pokharel stated.

“Although neck circumference was significantly correlated with various components of metabolic syndrome, there was no significant association between neck circumference and subclinical coronary or carotid atherosclerosis. These results suggest that neck circumference may not be the most appropriate adiposity marker for detection of subclinical atherosclerosis in retired NFL players.”

 

 

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