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December 3, 2003

Weight Lifting and Rupture of Silent Aortic Aneurysms

JAMA. 2003;290(21):2803. doi:10.1001/jama.290.21.2803-a

To the Editor: It is unclear whether aortic dissection is associated with high-intensity strength training.


From our Yale University aortic database,1 and from outside cases brought to our attention after lay press reports of our aortic research,2,3 we identified and reviewed case materials of 5 patients who experienced acute dissection of the ascending aorta in the setting of high-intensity weight training or other strenuous exercise.

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