Aerobic Training Protects Cardiac Function During Advancing Age: A Meta‑Analysis of Four Decades of Controlled Studies

Alexander J. Beaumont,  Fergal M. Grace, Joanna C. Richards, Amy K. Campbell, Nicholas F. Sculthorpe
Key Points
Trained older men have larger left ventricular morphol-
ogy and superior diastolic function than age-matched
untrained yet healthy controls, determined by conven-
tional echocardiography.
The functional adaptations noted in older athletes are, in
the main, maintained with chronological age from mid-
dle and into older age.
Aerobic exercise is an effective non-pharmacological
therapy to preserve cardiac function during ageing and is
maintained with continuous exercise therapy