Obese Patients Need Counseling for Heart Health

May 12, 2014 11:08 PM

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Obese Patients Need Counseling for Heart Health

Obese and overweight adults with at least one other cardiovascular risk factor should receive intensive behavioral counseling to promote healthy diet and physical activity for heart disease prevention, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) preliminary recommendation.

The draft of the grade B recommendation expands on previous guidance from the task force by including a physical activity component and calling for more at-risk adults to receive behavioral interventions.

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