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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

Who’d have thought? It’s thin people who are most likely to die from a heart attack
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Who’d have thought? It’s thin people who are most likely to die from a heart attack image

In a discovery that confounds current health advice, researchers have found that it’s thin people with a low BMI (body-mass index) who are more likely to die from a heart attack.

Underweight people are up to 26 per cent more likely to die following a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) than people with a ‘normal’ weight—in other words, they were neither overweight nor obese.

The researchers, from Yale University, tracked the survival rates of 57,574 elderly people who were receiving hospital care after suffering a heart attack. The underweight patients were 13 per cent more likely to die within 30 days after the attack, and the risk doubled over the following 17 years. Overweight and obese patients were not included in the research.

They conclude that being underweight is a risk factor after a heart attack.


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(Source: PLOS Medicine, 2016; 13: e1001998)

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