Risk of IHD and MI linked to high BMI

The Copenhagen General Population Study in 70,000 people showed that the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic heart disease (IHD) increased with higher BMI category independently of metabolic syndrome.

The risk of MI increased by 26% in overweight compared to normal weight people without metabolic syndrome and by 88% in obese people.

Professor John Dixon, head of clinical obesity research at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, said excluding weight measures in IHD risk algorithms was controversial.