Study: Larger Midsections May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death
Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND
A study found that those with a larger waist-to-hip ratio are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death. Those women studied with a waist-to-hip ratio in the upper quintile were 40% more likely to die from a cardiac event compared to those with the waist-to-hip ratio in the lowest quintile.
Waist-to-hip ratio is not the strongest measure of poor health alone. Three of any of the following markers together; Age, sex, race, education level, smoking status, family history of coronary heart disease are also significantly associated with sudden cardiac death.
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Adabag S, et al “Risk of sudden cardiac death in obese individuals: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study” HRS 2012; Abstract PO1-67.