A new research called Euroaspire V that was based on a survey for prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes found that excess fat in the waist area is a common reason for heart disease and stroke. The research was done by European Society of Cardiology and findings were presented at World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health in Dubai, UAE. The study showed that nearly two thirds of humans surveyed had high risk of cardiovascular disease due to excess abdominal fat.
Many other details were revealed during the study. Only 47 percent people that took drugs to reduce blood pressure were able to achieve target of below 140/90 millimeters of mercury levels. Only 43 percent of individuals that were using lipid lowering medicines reached LDL target of below 2.5 millimoles per liter. Among people taking treatment for Type2 diabetes only 65 percent attained target blood sugar levels of below 7.0 percent glycated hemoglobin.
According to Kornelia Kotseva chair of Euroaspire Steering Committee and Prof of Imperial College of London, the survey showed that large number of patients, which have risks of cardiovascular disease, have unhealthy lifestyle along with lipids, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The recent study focuses on regular healthy individuals that are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The study included 78 primary care primary centers spread across 16 European nations and collated date between 2017 and18. It included individuals that were below 80 years without history of coronary heart disease of any other ailments and used past medical records to select them after which they were called for interview and clinical examination. Subjects were given detailed questionnaire about lifestyle factors like smoking, diet, exercise and other details. Of the 2759 people that were part of this survey 64 percent had excess abdominal fat and 37 percent were overweight while 18 percent were smokers.