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As Weight Goes Up, So Do Heart Risks

(HealthDay News) People concerned about heart disease rightfully fret about their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, but there's another overarching problem that could eclipse all those risk factors…

"Obesity plays a role in almost all the coronary risk factors," said Dr. Vincent Bufalino, president and chief executive of Midwest Heart Specialists, medical director of Edward Heart Hospital in Naperville, Ill., and a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

Obesity can boost your levels of bad cholesterol, raise your blood pressure and increase your chances of acquiring diabetes, Bufalino said. In other words, obesity ties directly into the three biggest risk factors for heart disease.

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