Association of body flexibility and carotid atherosclerosis in Japanese middle-aged men: a cross-sectional study

@article{Suwa2018AssociationOB,
  title={Association of body flexibility and carotid atherosclerosis in Japanese middle-aged men: a cross-sectional study},
  author={Masataka Suwa and Takayuki Imoto and A Kida and Takashi Yokochi and Mitsunori Iwase and Kenji Kozawa},
  journal={BMJ Open},
  year={2018},
  volume={8}
}
Objective This study examined the associations of body flexibility with carotid arterial remodelling, including intima–media thickness (IMT) and plaque formation in middle-aged men. Methods The subjects of this cross-sectional study included 1354 Japanese men aged 35–59 years without histories of stroke or cardiac diseases. The arm extensibility test, which can estimate flexibility of the upper extremity (composed of shoulder external rotation and forearm supination), and the sit-and-reach test… 
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