Cardiac Remodeling in Obesity

Obesity has generated much interest within the cardiovascular community within the past 2 decades. It is now recognized that obesity is an important contributor to cardiac and all-cause mortality, independent of its association with other cardiovascular risk factors and increases the risk for cardiovascular morbidity, including heart failure. The malefic consequences of obesity are due both to the associated structural and functional cardiac alterations as well as the high prevalence of coexisting conditions, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, sleep–disordered breathing (SDB), and diabetes mellitus. To better understand the relationship between obesity and heart failure, we will review what is known about cardiac structural remodeling in obesity as well as the evidence for preclinical abnormalities in left-ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic functions. We will place particular emphasis on newer concepts and findings suggested by contemporary imaging methods. Paul Worrilow Jersey

PMID: 23322729

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