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Obesity is major contributor to heart disease, impediment to diagnosis and treatment
Date:9/18/2012

-term healthy lifestyle changes." Edwards notes that a supervised medical weight loss program can help patients at high risk improve to the point of becoming safer candidates for weight-loss surgery.

The past two decades have yielded dramatic increases in obesity in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese; notably childhood rates have tripled since 1980.

An advocate of the emerging use of computerized tomography to quickly and non-invasively diagnosis heart disease in patients who, for example, come to an emergency room with chest pain, Litwin notes that the beating heart with its tiny arteries is an imagining challenge even without the obesity issue. He is corresponding author of a recent review article on the expanding role of CT in assessing and treating heart disease in the journal Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine.


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Contact: Toni Baker
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706-721-4421
Georgia Health Sciences University
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