Tuesday October 14, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Of those who
had heart attacks, obese people suffered the cardiovascular event much earlier
than those with normal body weight, according to a new study published in the
Sep 16, 2008 issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Also obese people who had heart attacks faced worse
implications than those with normal weight including the need for
hospitalization, cardiac procedure, and development of heart failure, medical
disability and premature death, coauthor Dr. Peter A. McCullough was cited by
Reuters as saying.
Looking at data from more than 111,000 patients who suffered
a heart attack, McCullough and colleagues from
Michigan found the leanest patients had
their first heart attack at an average age of 74.6 compared while the most
obese patients had the event at 58.7 years.
Compared to those with normal body weight, individuals with
body mass index between 30.1 and 35.0 had first heart attack 6.8 years earlier
and those who had BMI greater than 40 had the event 12.0 years earlier.
Even those who were overweight with their BMI
between 26.1 and 30.0 had their first heart attack 3.5 years earlier.