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Young and Obese? You have a Risk of Dying from Heart Attack

Update Date: Nov 28, 2015 07:51 PM EST

A new study revealed that young adults who are obese are at a high risk of death caused due to cardiac arrest, Trinity News Daily reports.

A survey that involved a couple of scientists from Harvard revealed that the death risk caused due to cardiac arrest is significantly high if your BMI is really high in your adulthood. For the study, the researchers formed a study group of 18-year-olds with a high BMI. During the study period, the researchers examined their dietary habits as well as their physical activities and took their initial measurements. These participants were studied for a period of two years, said University Herald.

According to the results of the study, women with higher BMI suffered greater risk of dying from a cardiac arrest in their early adulthood. Also, the women whose BMI is between 25 and 30 have a 1.5% greater chance of contracting a heart disease. The study's lead author, Stephanie Chiuve, said in a news release, "We found that it is important to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood as a way to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death."

According to, the study, published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, focuses particularly on white females and their increased risk of death due to heart disease. "Further research is needed to determine whether overweight and obesity are risk factors in multiethnic populations," the research team noted.

According to CDC, there have been more than 3,000 deaths per year among Americans aged between 15 and 34 which has witnessed a 10% increase in the past decade. "We're talking about young adults," says Dr. George Mensah of the Centers for Disease Control, "who have no symptoms and who die suddenly, sometimes within an hour of having their first onset of symptoms," reported ABC News.

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