Central Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Coronary Artery Disease
Central obesity is an excess accumulation of fat in the abdominal area, particularly due to excess visceral fat. Visceral fat is fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity. According to a new study, central obesity may increase the risk of obstructive coronary artery disease.
Participants in the study included 659 women over the age of 55. All of them had experienced chest pain and were undergoing elective invasive coronary angiography. The researchers evaluated the participants for overall obesity, defined as having a BMI ?25kg/m, and for central obesity, defined as having a waist circumference ?33 inches.
The researchers found that the prevalence of obstructive coronary artery disease was significantly higher in participants with central obesity compared to those with overall obesity (55.5% vs 41.0%).
The study was conducted by researchers from the Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Chonnam National University College of Medicine. It was published online ahead of print on August 28, 2019 in the journalMenopause.