Overweight? Heres Why Those Extra Pounds Are Hard on Your Heart

Its not about how you look. If your waistline is bigger than it should be, taking action to lose weight could save your life.

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This may be why heart disease remains the worlds leading killer. Multiple studies have confirmed the connection between obesity and death in men and women alike. As your body-mass index (BMI, a measurement of obesity) goes up, your risk of dying increases, says Cleveland Clinic preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH.
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