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Waist to hip ratio important in assessing cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular disease is associated with excess weight, but in particular, abdominal obesity. Many doctors use basal metabolic index (BMI) as an indication of a personís risk of developing heart disease, but their waist to hip ratio is far more sensitive in predicting future heart attack risk. The larger a personís waist compared to their hips, the greater the risk.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Hampton Roads.com

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About: Waist to hip ratio important in assessing cardiovascular health

Date: 3 November 2005

Source: Hampton Roads.com

Author: Robert Barr

URL: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FIT_HEART_WAIST_SIZE?SITE=VANOV&SECTION=ASIA

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