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Obesity increases heart disease risk in absence of metabolic risk factors

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6797 (Published 12 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6797
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Obesity is a risk factor for myocardial infarction and ischaemic heart disease independent of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar, a study has found.

The authors, from Denmark, said that being overweight or obese probably caused myocardial infarction and heart disease but that it was not known whether the metabolic syndrome also needed to be present. To find out they investigated the associations by examining data from 71 527 participants in a general population study.

During nearly four …

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