New studies and research show how your weight plays a huge role in the health of your heart.
By Lauren Gelman
On June 19, the world mourned the loss of James Gandolfini, one of television’s most beloved and talented actors, at the age of 51 of a suspected heart attack. (No official cause of death will be released until an autopsy is performed). Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, noted on CNN that usually first heart attacks don’t strike until after age 60, although risk factors such as obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, and stress can cause them to occur earlier.
But with the obesity epidemic growing in America, excess weight has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature heart attacks, cardiologist Peter A. McCullough, MD, told Reuters. In 2008, he led a study published in the Journal of the America College of Cardiology that found that obese…
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