Obese kids face immediate heart risks

Obese kids face immediate heart risks

“Clinical evidence is accumulating to suggest that the cardiovascular damage, once only observed in adults, is also occurring in obese children”
Dr Angela Devlin, PhD, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Childhood obesity has been steadily rising worldwide over the last 20 years.

The study found:

  • Obese children with risk factors for atherosclerosis had a ‘vascular age’ similar to that of a 45-year-old adult
  • Had significantly greater left atrial and left ventricular dimensions
  • Had higher levels of epicardial fat
  • Had altered cardiac mechanics

Study by Cote AT, et al “Childhood obesity and cardiovascular dysfunction” as published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.07.042.  The review of evidence by Devlin and colleagues found “research to date illustrates that obesity during childhood and adolescence is associated with various measurable alterations in cardiovascular structure and function.  Early identification of cardiac dysfunction in children with obesity is warranted to mitigate long-term complications.  The extent of obesity-related cardiovascular changes is likely under-recognized and therefore under-managed”.  As reported by MedPage Today on August 14, 2013.


Posted: Monday 9 September 2013