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Cardiologists and abdominal obesity: lost in translation?
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    Waist circumference; a waste of time?
    • Patricia CE de Groot, Post-Doc, Department of Physiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, the Netherlands
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dick Thijssen, PhD; Maria Hopman, MD, PhD

    To the editor: With great interest, we read the articles of a recent issue of Heart addressing the important role of abdominal obesity in relation to cardiovascular risk and the metabolic syndrome. [1, 2] The metabolic syndrome, considered the ailment of the 20th century, emerges from clustering and interactions of multiple cardiovascular risk factors affecting a large proportion of the population. The presence of the m...

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    Daily variability in waist circumference
    • Clive F M Weston, Cardiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • E Pellowe, K Salako, S Snelling, C Urdaibay,

    To the editor: A recent issue of Heart contained two articles concerning abdominal obesity.[1,2] Both describe waist circumference (WC) as a proxy measure of central fat distribution, linked to athero- thrombotic inflammatory abnormalities seen in the ‘metabolic syndrome’, associated with adverse cardiovascular events.

    This “vital sign in clinical cardiology”[2] needs accurate assessment. Standardised measureme...

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