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Childhood Obesity Leads to Enlarged Hearts

Before you consider giving in to your kid's latest pleas to make a quick detour to the local fast food joint on the way home, a new study from researchers at Tulane University ought to make you think twice about it. Weight gain that begins during childhood is a consistent predictor of heart size in young adults. In fact, body mass index (BMI) and high systolic blood pressure were separate markers of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), an over-development of the left side of the heart that can...

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