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Progressive Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure is associated with Obesity
In a recent JAMA article only 25% had a BMI <25% and >75% were treated with cardiovascular medications:
There are several conclusions that can be drawn from this article:
- This is a study of heart failure as a result of obesity.
- Is Obesity the new body habitus for Americans age 45 years and older?
- If so, treatment for obesity has yet to become a standard goal of therapy for what has become a new epidemic.
- Medications don't protect against progression of cardiac dysfunction in the obese.
(From: Progression of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Risk of Heart Failure, Garvan C. Kane, MD, PhD et al. JAMA. 2011;306(8):856-863)
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