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Overweight and obese individuals face greater cardiovascular morbidity



After adjustment for age, ethnicity, and smoking status, the competing hazard ratios for experiencing a cardiovascular disease event compared to a noncardiovascular disease death were greater in the higher-BMI categories, and greatest among morbidly obese middle-aged men and women, largely because of a greater proportion of coronary heart disease and heart failure events.

“In addition, greater all-cause mortality in higher-BMI categories occurred at the expense of a greater proportion of deaths from cardiovascular causes in middle-aged men and women who are overweight and obese,” wrote Sadiya S. Khan, MD, MSc, of Northwestern University, Chicago, and her coauthors.

The research suggested that for each increasing unit of BMI in middle-aged men and women, the adjusted competing hazard ratios of incident cardiovascular disease events increased by a significant 5%.

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