Ridiculous Study of the Week: Obesity and CHF


Are you ready to get your mind blown? Morbidly obese people are more than two times as likely to have heart failure than those with a healthy body weight. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.  This article points out that “the researchers could not explain the link, even after accounting for other risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes that are known to be connected to extra weight. It may be the weight puts higher demand on the heart and fat may release toxic molecules.”  May be a higher demand?  I am sorry if this comes off as fat shaming but this does makes physiologic sense.   I am not a pathologist but doesn’t almost every morbidly obese person on autopsy show a massively enlarged heart?