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Obesity And Enlarged Heart




New research from The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center helps explain why excessive body weight increases the risk for heart disease.

In the largest study of its kind, heart specialist M. Reza Movahed, MD, PhD, and research specialist Adolfo A. Martinez, MD, discovered that excessive body weight is linked to a thickening of the heart muscle in the left ventricle, the hearts pumping chamber. Known to physicians as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), the condition potentially can lead to heart failure and rhythm problems.

We found that the thickening in the muscle wall becomes particularly noticeable in obese patients who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater, says Dr. Movahed. Prior studies have shown that left ventricular hypertrophy is linked to a higher risk of mortality.



Obesity And Enlarged Heart

Analyzing 17,261 heart ultrasounds, the UA scientists studied moving images of the heart to evaluate structure and function. Results showed that narrowing of the aortic valve, the main valve that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body, was the strongest predictor of LVH, followed by gender and Body Mass Index.

While the cause of LVH in obese patients is not known, it may be correlation to increased work load or to the presence of other cardiac risk factors in these patients.

The findings may guide physicians who study obesity and cardiac function. Drs. Movahed and Martinez presented the results of their study at the 18th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Seattle, Wash. The meeting concludes June 20.

These results are another stake in the ground that supports healthy lifestyles for the benefit of heart protection, says Dr. Movahed. Maintaining a proportionate BMI may prevent LVH and lead to better heart function.


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New research from The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center helps explain why excessive body weight increases the risk for heart disease. In the largest study of its kind, heart specialist M. Reza Movahed, MD, PhD, and research specialist Adolfo A. Martinez, MD, discovered that excessive body weight is linked to a thickening of the heart muscle in the left ventricle, the hearts pumping chamber. Known to physicians as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), the condition potentially can lead to heart failure and rhythm problems.

Medicineworld.org: Obesity And Enlarged Heart

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