Menopausal Age, Obesity Links to Heart Failure Explored
The risk for heart failure is increased with increasing body mass index and waist circumference, especially for those with menopausal age 55 years or older, according to a study published online April 13 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Imo A. Ebong, M.D., from the University of California Davis in Sacramento, and colleagues estimated the hazard ratios of incident heart failure associated with menopausal age using models testing for effect modification by obesity and adjusting for heart failure risk factors. Postmenopausal women were classified by age at menopause (younger than 45, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, and 55 years or older).
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