Journal article

Obesity cardiomyopathy: diagnosis and therapeutic implications

Chiew Wong, Thomas H Marwick

Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007


Obesity is associated with an increased risk of heart failure. Apparently healthy obese individuals can, however, exhibit subclinical left ventricular dysfunction. The use of myocardial imaging techniques to detect this subclinical change could have important management implications with respect to initiating prophylactic therapy. In this Review, we evaluate possible pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies for treating obesity cardiomyopathy in the context of currently understood mechanisms, including myocardial remodeling and small vessel disease, and more speculative mechanisms such as insulin resistance, and activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous sys..

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