Measuring Risks for Heart Disease

May 31, 2011

A recent study found people with larger waistlines are more likely to show the early signs of heart disease than those with smaller waists. Reseachers studied almost 3 thousand middle aged people. They used MRI scans to look for early signs of clogged arteries. They found the smaller the person's waist, the clearer his or her arteries were. Several previous studies have shown waist size is clearly linked to heart attack, stroke and heart disease risk. Because of this, the U.S. Government set guidelines advising men to have a waist circumference of 40 inches or less, women should be 35 inches or less.

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