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Marathon, Genetics, Inflammation and the Cardiovascular System: MAGIC-Trial (MAGIC)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Technische Universität München Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2008
Last updated: March 16, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
The purpose of the study is to determine the myocardial function and vascular adaptation after strenuous exercise in association with genotype/polymorphisms. We aim to investigate the effects of extreme endurance exercise on the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, the role of the inflammatory response and adaptive mechanisms of the vasculature are examined. Subclinical injuries to the myocardium and vascular wall are being investigated.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure Sudden Cardiac Death Behavioral: Munich Marathon

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Investigation of Myocardial Function and Vascular Adaptation in Association With Genotype in Marathon Runners

Further study details as provided by Technische Universität München:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • E/A ratio [ Time Frame: pre-, post-, one day follow-up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • LV twist [ Time Frame: pre-, post-, one day follow-up ]

Enrollment: 162
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: March 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Munich Marathon
    42,195 km marathon run
    Other Name: MAGIC
Detailed Description:

Regular exercise leads to an improvement of cardiovascular risc factors in patients with coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis and metabolic disorders. Aerobic exercise has anti-inflammatory effects. In contrast, the exertional exercise of marathon running causes an acute pro-inflammatory impulse. This may lead to myocardial injury and, in case of preexisting plaques, may result in plaque rupture and acute myocardial infarction.

We aim to define the critical role of inflammatory markers and cardiovascular risc factors as a predictor of an increased risk for myocardial and endothelial dysfunction in marathon runners.

Diagnostic tools include measurements of augmentation index (AIx), arteriolar-venular ratio (AVR) and, for the first time, 2D and 3D echocardiographic measurements such as TDI-imaging and speckle tracking. Inflammatory markers include c-reactive protein (CRP), interleukins and tumor necrosis factor. Additionally, cardiovascular markers are measured. All variations are analysed on the basis of genotype characteristics/polymorphisms.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • men aged 30-60 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • manifested heart disease
  • insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  • multi drug therapy
  • GFR<60ml/min.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00845286

Department of Prevention and Sports medicine
Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 80809
Sponsors and Collaborators
Technische Universität München
  More Information

Responsible Party: Technische Universität München Identifier: NCT00845286     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1807/07-II
Study First Received: September 19, 2008
Last Updated: March 16, 2016

Keywords provided by Technische Universität München:
exercise, myocardial dysfunction, endothelial dysfunction,

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Death, Sudden, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Heart Arrest
Death, Sudden processed this record on June 23, 2017