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Metabolic syndrome linked to heart failure risk

05/26/2006 - News

Metabolic syndrome linked to heart failure risk

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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Metabolic syndrome linked to heart failure risk

Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

A new study suggests that those with metabolic syndrome run an increased risk of developing heart failure in middle age.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity which is linked to heart disease. Now researchers at the University of Uppsala reveal that metabolic syndrome also carries a risk of heart disease.

They followed up more than 2,300 men who were aged 50 between 1970 and 1974 and who were tracked until age 70. Those who had metabolic syndrome at the start of the study were twice as likely to go on to develop heart failure in middle age than those who did not have the syndrome.

This risk was independent of other factors like heart disease, a heart attack, smoking or malfunctioning heart valves. The researchers believe the syndrome may have a direct effect upon the heart. Fortunately, something can be done about metabolic syndrome - and, if treated early, it may lessen the heart failure risk.

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Heart Online First 21st May 2006

Created on: 05/26/2006
Reviewed on: 05/26/2006

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