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Extra weight may protect heart failure patients

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Obesity appears to have a protective affect for heart failure patients, according to a study by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Researchers measured the body mass index of 2,718 heart failure patients and waist circumference of 469.

Obesity appears to have a protective affect for heart failure patients, according to a study by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Researchers measured the body mass index of 2,718 heart failure patients and waist circumference of 469.

After two years, they found a normal BMI was associated with significantly worse outcomes – a 34% higher risk in men and a 38% higher risk in women – than a high BMI.

Normal waist circumference was also linked with increased risk of adverse outcomes.

The authors said: “Heart failure may prove to be one of the few health conditions where extra weight may prove to be protective.”

  • American Journal of Cardiology (2012) 110: 77-82
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  • Interesting - I have a feeling the exact definition of heart failure could be a factor here, not having read anything except the details given above.

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  • la da dee la de daa. such bogus stuff nonsense this is to pacify the masses from the real issues.

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