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Title: Jurnal Medical Aradean (Arad Medical Journal)
Abbreviated title: J. Med. Ar.
Publisher: "Vasile Goldis" University Press
Owner: Western University "Vasile Goldis" Arad, Romania
ISSN: 1224-3744
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Article Title: Waist circumference is a better predictor of cardiovascular risk than body mass index
in patients with metabolic syndrome
Authors: Laura Petrica
Affiliation: Cardiology Clinic ASCAR, City Hospital Timisoara, Romania
Abstract: Background and aim. Waist circumference and body mass index represent diagnostic elements in different definitions of metabolic syndrome. The aim of this work was to establish which one of these parameters correlates better with cardiovascular risk in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Material and method. The study group was represented by 383 subjects with metabolic syndrome, 41% male, mean age ± SD=54.2±13.6 years. The cardiovascular risk was estimated with the aid of SCORE charts for high risk populations. The threshold for statistical significance for p was 0.05. Results. Cardiovascular risk was higher in men than in women (4.9±4.4% vs. 3.7±3.5%, p=0.003) and increased extremely significant with age (p <0.001). There was a correlation between cardiovascular risk and body mass index (r=0.57). The correlation was stronger between cardiovascular risk and abdominal circumference, both in men (r=0.66) and in women (r=0.69). Conclusion. Abdominal circumference is a better predictor for cardiovascular events than body mass index in persons with metabolic syndrome.
Keywords: waist circumference, cardiovascular risk, body mass index, metabolic syndrome
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*Correspondence: Laura Petrica, Cardiology Clinic ASCAR, City Hospital Timisoara, Romania
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