Enlarged Waist and Elevated Triglycerides Equals Heart, Stroke Risks for Women

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DALLAS, April 19 - A tape measure and a simple blood test may be the best way to gauge cardiovascular risk for postmenopausal women, according to a report published today in an obesity-themed issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Women who had an enlarged waist and elevated levels of blood fats known as triglycerides had almost a fivefold increased risk of fatal cardiovascular events compared to women without those traits.

Enlarged waist and elevated triglycerides (EWET) are two of five risk factors that the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) uses to characterize the metabolic syndrome (MS).

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