AHA 2016: Obesity Paradox in Heart Failure

November 25, 2016

Does the obesity paradox exist in heart failure? What roles do ejection fraction and type 2 diabetes & acute decompensated heart failure play?

Two presentations from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions questioned whether or not an obesity paradox exists. One study examined the relationship of BMI with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. Another studied BMI, type 2 diabetes, and acute decompensated heart failure. Finally, researchers looked at the association of BMI in younger adulthood and cumulative burden of all-cause and CV morbidity through older adulthood.