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Obesity adds risk of cardiovascular disease in siblings in families with a history of heart problems

BMI is not associated with family history and, as a result, it can be changed and improved.

"Our results show that obesity is far more important than previously thought to gauging real risk of heart disease in families where this is already a problem," says the study's lead author, cardiologist Samia Mora, M.D., M.H.S., then a research fellow at Hopkins. "When monitoring these patients with traditional Framingham Risk Scores, physicians should also closely monitor body mass index, even when it is mildly elevated, and incorporate weight reduction programs into treatment plans accordingly. These siblings really need to watch their weight. Fortunately, it is a risk factor that can be modified."

Results from the study could not fully explain the strong link between obesity and premature heart disease. Further research is planned to verify its biological and genetic origins.


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Contact: David March
dmarch1@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
18-Apr-2005


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