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Inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, and white-blood-cell (WBC) count are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. The authors’ purpose was to compare the inflammatory response to a single aerobic-exercise session between individuals of high and moderate fitness. Ten apparently healthy highly ft and 11 moderately ft men expended 500 kcal at 70% of VO2peak. Fasting blood samples were obtained on 2 consecutive days before and again at 24, 72, and 120 h post exercise. Blood samples were analyzed for CRP, fibrinogen, and WBC count. CRP was 76% lower at baseline in the highly ft group than in the moderately ft group (P = 0.03). CRP, fibrinogen, and WBC count remained unaltered, however, in the days after exercise (P > 0.05 for all). These findings suggest that markers of inflammation are stable in the days after a single session of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in apparently healthy men of at least average fitness.

Plaisance, Mestek, and Grandjean are with the Dept of Health and Human Performance, and Abebe, the Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. Taylor is with the Dept of Biology, Auburn University, Montgomery, Montgomery, AL 36117. Alhassan is with the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5705.