Study: Extra weight may protect heart failure patients
Dr. David Samadi explains
- Duration 3:40
- Date Jul 9, 2012
Dr. David Samadi explains
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This is pretty startling -- some new information on how -- a little bit more might save your life.
A new study finds that heart failure patients carrying extra pounds.
Maybe not that many.
Have a lower risk of death and are calling it the obesity paradox.
Joining us now let's talk about a doctor Davis's body Fox News medical aid team -- vice chairman of the department of urology chief at robotics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center are.
-- good to see you let me start by saying you're probably gonna tells -- still to diet and exercise but I read this study before this interview.
And it's 2700.
Patients university California Los Angeles medical center so perhaps the findings are -- relevant.
You -- -- glad you brought this up it's a great study coming from a great center but still is observational study meaning that it doesn't prove.
Anything at this point but -- just explain to exactly what this -- is about six million Americans suffer from heart failure.
10% of them have a really advanced heart failure -- cost systolic.
Park -- meeting that the pump doesn't really push the blood the oxygen get to the entire system that's the kind of people we're talking about now the other 90%.
So what they've looked at was and they saw that people that have.
Obesity David measured -- -- body mass index.
Body mass index of over 25 or thirty consider -- overweight -- obese.
Most patients who have heart disease they have less complications less real chance of death or less chance of getting one of these -- pumps called -- that left.
The ventricular assist the device why so did only the make it clear but there are some theories behind this and that theory behind this is that maybe we'll be -- Have more of these fatty tissue that can be fuel reserve and -- going a little longer needed have a little more muscle around -- hearts they can pop a little longer.
And one other theories that mediated doctors attend.
There are more attentive to obese patients when they see that they're having the real heart failure they may jump in.
Compared to sell the ones that have normal with at this point these are all theory that's fascinating it is and that's one of the reasons why it like this study like this that he doesn't tell us that we hate go out there to gain weight.
That's not the point of -- the point is that the research behind it.
These findings are always gonna help us in funding to all of the Lyme Disease is -- information that causes the heart disease and obesity is involved try to bring this all together.
My message to a lot of pitches out there -- -- will always talked about on house call.
On Sunday mornings and other programs.
Lose the weight if you want to balance the budget in health care we've talked a lot about the Health Care Reform.
Obesity is a huge part of this no politician.
Can take care of this health care without -- care of obesity obesity on like smoking and anything else.
It's a spectrum of disease that -- -- heart -- affects diabetes affects the knees and everything else prevention our weight loss is a way to go.
Still have to ask you this if UCLA came up with this concept that more weight helps heart patients should -- -- publicized it.
Because people will not take your facts.
I think that funded research standpoint from the doctors reading one of -- scientific papers it's fascinating for a lot of people out there who are actually watching this.
Look if you happen to be obese and you have they're real heart failure this is gonna work for you.
But for the ones that are really not obese don't go out there and start eating gave away that's -- wrong message we want you to exercise.
-- wanted to pay attention to your body and make sure that -- your body mass index below point five which is normal and we want you to watch Sunday house call.
-- knowledge and third with doctor -- says she'll get Natalie this you'll get a lot more information and thanks so much about retirement future watch well now thanks everybody for being.