How does obesity increase your risk of heart disease?
Consultant Cardiologist Navin Chandra explains the link between obesity and heart disease
Obesity is a real challenge in the Western World at the moment and is a growing problem. Obesity affects about 30% of adults in the United Kingdom at the moment and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Especially with obesity, all the risk factors come with that. This includes a higher chance of developing high blood pressure, a high chance of developing high cholesterol, and a high chance of developing diabetes.
And also typically people that are obese are often less active, have a poorer diet, and all of these things together ultimately do put them at higher risk of heart disease going forward–that includes heart attack, stroke, and even vascular dementia. It is a public health concern as a whole.
I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and will give you a good idea if you are at increased risk and whether or not you need to see a specialist.