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Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical

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Study Finds Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical in Space

Findings may benefit certain cardiovascular patients on Earth, too

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2014) — New findings from a study of 12 astronauts show the heart becomes more spherical when exposed to long periods of microgravity in space, a change that could lead to cardiac problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

With implications for an eventual manned mission to Mars, the findings represent an important step toward understanding how a spaceflight of 18 months or more could affect astronauts’ heart health.

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