- for each one unit rise in body mass index (BMI) the risk of experiencing heart failure increased by 17%.
- being fatter increased the risk of developing other cardiovascular diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
- The Daily Telegraph’s headline stated how “piling on as little as 4lbs can raise risk of heart attack by 17%” when in fact the 17% figure related to heart failure. These are not the same thing.
- Heart failure is a serious chronic (long term) condition whereby a damaged heart cannot pump enough blood around the body. A heart attack on the other hand is an acute medical emergency that happens when the supply of the blood to the heart is suddenly blocked.
- a one-unit increase in BMI corresponds to roughly 220,000 additional heart failure cases in Europe (113,000 additional cases in the US).
- So even a modest gain in weight (for a man who is 5'10", one BMI unit is equivalent to a seven pound or 3.2kg weight gain) can lead to extensive health costs at a population level.
Sunday, 30 June 2013
for each 1 unit BMI rise, risk of heart failure increases by 17%
Just a few extra pounds increases heart failure risk - Health News - NHS Choices