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Abdominal Obesity Linked to Coronary Artery Calcification

Brian Turner

Posted on April 24 2018

A coronary calcium scan is a popular non-surgical procedure that tests for calcium deposits on the walls of the coronary arteries— the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle. Coronary artery calcification is a sign of coronary artery disease, which increases the risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest or heart failure. A Brazilian study from the Federal University of São Paulo found that in men with chronic kidney disease, increased abdominal obesity was linked to higher calcium levels in the coronary arteries. Abdominal obesity is an important risk factor of poor metabolic health and heart disease. (European Journal Clinical Nutrition, 67: 610-614)