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Top-heavy diabetics most likely to acquire a fatal heart ailment, a follow-up new research shows

Update Date: Apr 05, 2016 12:53 PM EDT
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A latest research from both Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and John Hopkins University have concluded that type 1 or type 2 diabetic patients with a greater waist size or "top-heavy" have a larger chance of acquiring a fatal heart ailment.

The study indicates that such individuals whose waist circumference resembles that of an apple have a strong indication for a future heart disease, despite having no previous conditions of blocked blood vessels which is a chief foundation for chest pain and stroke, according to Intermountain Healthcare

Diabetic individuals who possess a pear-shaped body based on the study have more protective effect due to the excess weight situated in their hips, thighs and bum.

Brent Muhlestein, the co-principal head of research stated that, "Our research examined patients with diabetes, who are considered high risk for developing heart disease already, and found that the shape of your body determined if you were at a greater risk to develop left ventricular dysfunction."

Muhlenstein and his colleagues organized the study at Salt Lake City at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute also indicated the fact that, "This study confirms that having an apple-shaped body - or a high waist circumference - can lead to heart disease, and that reducing your waist size can reduce your risks."

Most of the participants also underwent a CT screening along with an echocardiography to determine if there is dysfunction of the left ventricular function. A malfunction of the left ventricle involves stiffening which prompts less entry of blood to the heart thus promotes cardiac arrest. 

The joint venture was part of a report last Saturday, April 2 during the 2016 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Previously, both institutions made a medical partnership in another study which was named FaCTor-64 which implemented CT coronary angiography for coronary artery disease on diabetic patients, according to NCBI

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