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Burden of abdominal obesity in cardiac rehabilitation patients: Results from the Swiss CaRe study.
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PMID:  21293981     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The burden of abdominal obesity (AO) and its association with other cardiovascular risk factors is not known in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients attending cardiac rehabilitation (CR). The aim of this study was, therefore, to investigate the prevalence of AO and differences in cardiovascular risk factors between AO and non-AO patients.
METHODS: 415 consecutive male CAD patients (mean age 58 ± 11 years) attending a three-month outpatient CR programme were assessed. Differences in cardiovascular risk profile, including blood lipids, psychosocial and socioeconomic status and exercise capacity, were compared in relation to AO and checked for obesity measured by body-mass index (BMI) in a multivariate analysis.
RESULTS: Mean waist circumference was 102 ± 11 cm. Patients of lower educational level had a higher prevalence of AO (p = 0.021) than patients with a higher educational level. AO was significantly associated with diabetes (p = 0.003) and hypertension (p <0.001). In AO patients, HDL-C levels were lower (p <0.001) and triglyceride levels higher (p = 0.006) than in non-AO patients. There was no difference in exercise capacity between AO and non-AO patients, but AO patients had a higher resting heart rate (p = 0.021).
CONCLUSION: AO is highly prevalent in CAD patients attending CR. AO is, independently of BMI, associated with metabolic lipid disorders and autonomic cardiovascular dysregulation, suggesting an increased cardiovascular risk. AO patients therefore need particular attention during CR and follow-up care.
R K Binder; J Barth; J P Schmid; H Saner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-02-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Swiss medical weekly : official journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology     Volume:  141     ISSN:  1424-3997     ISO Abbreviation:  Swiss Med Wkly     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970884     Medline TA:  Swiss Med Wkly     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  w13153     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, Swiss Cardiovascular Centre Bern, University Hospital and University of Bern, 3010 Bern, CH.
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