The effect of moderate weight loss on echocardiographic parameters in obese female patients

Z. Sidó, P. Jákó, Gábor Pavlik

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Based on the collected by KNOLL Hungary Ltd. in Hungary in 1999, 37% of the adult population is overweight while 23% is obese. Inappropriate diet containing excess calories and physical inactivity are responsible for these statistical values. In their former studies, the authors investigated the effects of different stages of obesity on the cardiovascular system, and have verified that even moderate obesity elicits pathological geometric and functional changes in the heart. In the present study, effect of a half-year-long life-style modification program on the morphologic and functional characteristics of the heart was investigated in twenty-one obese women. Life-style modification contained a diet with reduced energy uptake (1000-1300 Cal/day) and a regular physical training of minimum 3-4 hours weekly. By the end of the sixth month the weight loss was 5.1 kg (5.9%) on an average. There was a marked reduction in cardiac dimensions measured by echocardiography, with a very slight, non-significant decrease in left ventricular internal diameter, and a marked, significant reduction in the left ventricular wall thickness. Decrease of the left ventricular muscle mass exceeded the decrease of the body weight. A marked elevation was found in the E/A quotient that reflected a definite improvement in diastolic function. Result indicate that physical training programs have a favourable effect on the echocardiographic parameters, therefore the process is reversible even without a pharmacological intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-251
Number of pages11
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2000


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  • Physiology (medical)

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