What happens to the heart for every inch of waist thickening? (Research)

As the waist circumference increases, so does the heart function. [사진=게티이미지뱅크]
An increase in waist circumference increases the risk of heart failure, a study has found. For every 1 inch increase in waist circumference, the risk of heart failure increased by 11%.

Researchers at the University of Oxford, UK, analyzed data obtained from follow-up of 430,000 British people between the ages of 40 and 70 for an average of 13 years, and found that for every inch of healthy waist size, the risk of heart problems, such as heart attack, stroke, and irregular heartbeat, increased. found to be higher. An increase in waist circumference by an inch increased the risk of heart failure by 11%, and one in five people with the largest waist circumferences had a 3.21 times higher risk of heart failure than those with the smallest waist circumference in one fifth.

When compared with body mass index (BMI) considering weight and height, the highest group had a 2.65 times higher risk than the lowest group. In other words, increasing waist size poses a greater risk to heart health than gaining weight, the researchers explain. During the study period, 8669 people developed heart failure for the first time, many of which resulted in death.

“The fat around the abdominal organs has many inflammatory factors that can cause cardiovascular disease,” the researchers said. Heart failure is a disease caused by an inability to properly supply blood to the body due to decreased heart function.

The results of this study were presented at the ‘European Society of Cardiology Congress’ held in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Reporter Jeong Hee-eun [email protected]

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