Predicting Heart Risk

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Predicting Heart Risk
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 9:53pm
Fat Sites Best Predict Heart Risk
Study: Obesity alone not best forecaster, especially in women

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 20 (HealthDayNews) -- The amount of body fat you carry around does not predict heart disease as well as its location does, a new study claims.

The findings should call into question the practice of recommending bariatric surgery solely on obesity rather than other heart disease risk factors, Dr. Edward Harry Livingston, chairman of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said April 20 at the Experimental Biology 2004 meeting in Washington, D.C.

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