Annals of African Medicine

: 2013  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191-

"Obesity paradox" or methodologic error

Ali Cevat Tanalp 
 Department of Cardiology, Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Sogutozu, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey

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Ali Cevat Tanalp
Department of Cardiology, Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Sogutozu, Cankaya-06520, Ankara

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Tanalp AC. "Obesity paradox" or methodologic error.Ann Afr Med 2013;12:191-191

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Oyedeji at et al., [1] reported positive correlation between body mass index (BMI) and conventional echocardiographic parameters. [1] Left ventricular systolic functions were higher in obese subjects and authors concluded that cardiac functions were better in obese subjects which is compatible with obesity paradox. There is a strong relationship between obesity and major cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. However, obese patients with myocardial infarction (MI) have lower mortality which is defined as obesity paradox. [2] Conventional ejection phase indices are largely volume-dependent and are very much influenced from preload and afterload. The circulation is hyperdynamic in the obese population because of the increased metabolic demand and blood volume. Preload and afterload are increased as a result of the elevated peripheral vascular resistance. [3] The preservation of preload dependent systolic function parameters in the early phases of obesity is demonstrated by Garavaglia et al. [4] In a previously presented study by me and my colleagues left ventricular systolic functions were similarly elevated with conventional methods, however reevaluation with tissue Doppler study demonstrated systolic dysfunction. [5] Although standard echocardiographic methods failed to identify systolic dysfunction in the obese patients, the systolic myocardial velocity (Sm) was decreased by tissue Doppler imaging in the moderately and significantly obese subjects. [5] In my opinion this study should be verified by novel advanced echocardiographic methods.


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