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  While recent studies suggested that both general adiposity and abdominal adiposity are associated with the risk of death and support the use of waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in addition to body index mass (BMI) in assessing the risk of death, this issue remains cintroversial...
Tags: Obesity
Type: Abstracts
Important evidence for the link between blood viscosity and cardiovascular events was provided by the Edinburgh Artery Study in a random population of 1,592 men and women aged 55 to 74 years, who were followed over a mean period of 5 years. After adjustment for age and gender, mean values for both...
Type: Perspectives
  Obesity is known to be associated with an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. Rheological disturbances could be factors contributing to these vascular complications. Therefore we have evaluated blood viscosity parameters in 128 obese (BMI greater than 28 kg/m2) adults and in 90 non-obese...
Tags: Obesity
Type: Abstracts
Study Suggests Use of Blood Viscosity as Additional Indicator of Metabolic Syndrome Research published in the International Journal of Cardiology demonstrates a strong relationship between elevated blood viscosity and the severity of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome affects more than 45...
Type: Perspectives
  Since December 2001, a total of 52 obese schoolchildren and 38 non-obese controls have undergone vascular ultrasound at our institution. From this cohort, we enrolled 40 obese children (16 girls, median age 12 years, mean body mass index (BMI) 27.5+/-4.6 kg/m2) and 26 non-obese peers (12 girls,...
Type: Abstracts
Blood Viscosity Despite decades of treatments to lower cholesterol, regulate heart rhythms, and reduce salt and fat, cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of adults in the industrialized world. It has been associated with nearly 300 independent risk factors, among them high LDL, low...
Type: Perspectives
  Risk factors for atherosclerosis are often associated with haemorheological changes. On this point, obesity (recently advocated as an independent risk factor) was not much studied and with not univocal results. We have studied 70 obese patients (BMI greater than 30) and 50 healthy subjects (BMI...
Tags: Obesity
Type: Abstracts
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the industrialized world. Despite the fact that over the past twenty-five years significant advances have reduced the frequency of this killer, the etiology, or root cause, of cardiovascular disease remains elusive. It increasingly appears...
Type: Perspectives
  Recently waist/hip ratio (WHR), a marker of body fat distribution, has been described as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of body fat distribution on metabolic, haemostatic and haemorheological pattern in premenopausal...
Tags: Obesity
Type: Abstracts
Mention of therapeutic phlebotomy probably brings to mind the 1970’s American comedy sketch Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber, as well as leeches, evil humors, and the death of George Washington, our first President.  Washington’s physicians hastened his demise with phlebotomy therapy for probable...
Type: Commentary

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