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What is obesity and how can it lead to heart failure?

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More than one-third of Americans are obese. That means the ratio of their weight to their height, known as body mass index or BMI, is 30 or higher.

Extra weight puts more strain on your heart. Being obese also makes you more likely to have diseases linked to heart failure, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea.

From: What Leads to Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "About Arrhythmia," "Alcohol and Heart Health," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Causes and Risks for Heart Failure," "How to Help Prevent Heart Disease -- At Any Age," "Illegal Drugs and Heart Disease," "Roles of Your Four Heart Valves," "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke," "What is Heart Failure?"

CDC: "Adult Obesity Facts," "Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity."

Circulation : "Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cardiomyopathy."

Heart Failure Matters: "Smoking."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart arrhythmia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Description of High Blood Pressure," "What Is a Heart Attack?" "What Is Coronary Heart Disease?" "What Is Heart Valve Disease?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "What is Diabetes?"

NIH Senior Health: "Heart Failure: Causes and Risk Factors."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "About Arrhythmia," "Alcohol and Heart Health," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Causes and Risks for Heart Failure," "How to Help Prevent Heart Disease -- At Any Age," "Illegal Drugs and Heart Disease," "Roles of Your Four Heart Valves," "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke," "What is Heart Failure?"

CDC: "Adult Obesity Facts," "Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity."

Circulation : "Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cardiomyopathy."

Heart Failure Matters: "Smoking."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart arrhythmia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Description of High Blood Pressure," "What Is a Heart Attack?" "What Is Coronary Heart Disease?" "What Is Heart Valve Disease?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "What is Diabetes?"

NIH Senior Health: "Heart Failure: Causes and Risk Factors."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

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