Normal-weight patients could face heart risk

September 14, 2011 1:55:39 PM PDT
Certain risk factors could spur heart failure in normal-weight people.

A new study finds normal-weight patients diagnosed with a cluster of factors known as "metabolic syndrome" could face a higher risk for heart failure than even obese patients without such factors.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms including increased blood pressure, higher than normal insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist and more.

This study suggests being obese is not as much of a threat for heart failure as much as having metabolic syndrome.

The study appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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