A new UK study has found that being overweight or obese can change the structure of the heart, which could lead to heart disease and failure. Carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the teamed used data fromÂ 4,561 people to show the direct damage that can happen to the heart’s weight and size from carrying extra weight. The team used cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to study the structure and function of the hearts of the participants, and looked at the effects of modifiable riskÂ factors, including blood pressure, smoking status, body mass index (BMI), exercise, cholesterol, alcohol intake and diabetes, on the four chambers of the heart.
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Being overweight or obese can cause damaging changes to the heart