Bello NA, Cheng S, Claggett B, Shah AM, Ndumele CE, Roca GQ, Santos AB, Gupta D, Vardeny O, Aguilar D, Folsom AR, Butler KR, Kitzman DW, Coresh J, Solomon SD. Association of Weight and Body Composition on Cardiac Structure and Function in the ARIC Study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities). Circulation. Heart failure. 2016 Aug;9(9). PMID: 27512104 [PubMed]
Obesity increases cardiovascular risk. However, the extent to which various measures of body composition are associated with abnormalities in cardiac structure and function, independent of comorbidities commonly affecting obese individuals, is not clear. This study sought to examine the relationship between body mass index, waist circumference, and percent body fat with conventional and advanced measures of cardiac structure and function.