THOMAS J. BASSLER, M.D.
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To the editor: Barndt and associates have found angiographic evidence of regression of atherosclerosis in all of the patients who had improvement of lipid levels with drugs and diet (Ann Intern Med 86:139-146, 1977). We have seen plaque removal in marathon runners who take up the sport late in life.
A man in his 60s was under medical care for a myeloproliferative syndrome. He took up marathoning and completed several 42-km runs and a 50-km run. He stopped running for a minor surgical procedure and died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage due to malignant thrombocytosis. Sections from his left main
BASSLER TJ. Marathon Running and Atherosclerotic Plaques. Ann Intern Med. ;88:134. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-134
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):134.
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