As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 — Gaining even a little weight can increase your chances of developing heart failure, a new study finds.
Adding pounds can change the structure of your heart and its ability to pump blood. But losing weight can reverse this potentially deadly process, the researchers said.
“People who gain weight, even as little as 5 percent, are more likely to have thickening of the left side of their heart, which is a well-established indicator of heart failure,” said lead researcher Dr. Ian Neeland.
These people “were also more likely to have decreases in their heart’s pumping ability,” Neeland said. He is an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
People who lose weight actually…
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