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Nov 28, 2015 07:36 AM EST

Obese young people at risk of cardiac arrest


According to a new study, young adults who are obese have a high risk of death via cardiac arrest, Trinity News Daily reports.

The survey, conducted by a couple of scientists from Harvard, concluded that the risk of death via cardiac arrest increases if an individual has a high BMI during early adulthood.

For the study, the researchers formed a study group of young adults, most of them being 18 years old, with a high BMI (body-mass index). The researchers studied the dietary habits and physical activity of the participants and took their preliminary measurements. The participants were followed for a period of two years.

The results suggested that women that have a high body-mass index during early adulthood are more likely to suffer from a deadly cardiac arrest. Also, women with a BMI between 25 and 30 have a 1.5 percent chance of dying from a heart disease.

"We found that it is important to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood as a way to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death," said study lead author Stephanie Chiuve in a news release.

The results of this study suggest that people who have a high BMI during early adulthood have an increased chance of dying from a heart stroke.

Also, the detrimental effects of a high BMI increase when it comes to women.

According to, the study, published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, was focused on white females.

"Further research is needed to determine whether overweight and obesity are risk factors in multiethnic populations," the research team noted.

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