Obese children show signs of potential heart problems

October 9, 2014 9:16 AM

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Obese children already show significant changes to their heart structure and function compared with children of a healthy weight, research has shown. Authors of the study*, published today in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, said their work should now be followed up to see whether or not the changes they found predict adverse long-term outcomes, and if weight loss might reverse those changes.

Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, performed standardised 2-dimensional (2D) echocardiography and 2D speckle-tracking analysis on 61 obese boys and girls aged 9-16 years, and on 40 non-obese children; all the children were white. They also assessed the children’s blood chemistry, including lipids and ...

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