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Surprising new study: Obese less likely to die from sudden cardiac death

Sherry Baker, Atlanta Health News Examiner • Mar 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The Atlanta Health News Examiner is reporting that while no one argues that being overweight -- and especially being obese -- carries a host of health risks from heart disease and diabetes to certain cancers, eating a high calorie, obesity-causing diet has even been found to disrupt the internal biological clock of the body.So imagine the surprise of University of Rochester Medical Center scientists when they analyzed the results of their research and concluded normal and underweight patients showed a whopping 99 percent increase in risk for sudden cardiac death compared to obese patients.These findings were just presented in Atlanta at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. The study is the first to investigate the relation between weight (specifically the body mass index, or BMI) and the risk of sudden cardiac death. The scientists at the University of Rochester’s Heart Research Follow-Up Program studied the risk of sudden cardiac death in 1,231 patients who had experienced at least one previous heart attack.

Read the full report on the Atlanta Health News Examiner Web site.

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