Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
On-line version ISSN 1518-8345
COLOMBO, Roberta Cunha Rodrigues; AGUILLAR, Olga Maimoni; GALLANI, Maria Cecília Bueno Jayme and GOBATTO, Cláudio Alexandre. Obesity in patients with myocardial infarction. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2003, vol.11, n.4, pp. 461-467. ISSN 1518-8345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692003000400008.
This study aimed to characterize obesity in infarcted myocardial patients. Data were collected from 43 patients at a University Hospital. It was observed that the Body Mass Index (BMI) was above the desired level for 69.7% (26.9± 0.5) of the subjects; the body fat percentage had altered in 79% (20.0± 1.0) of cases; the waist/hip (W/H) ratio was above normal in 72.5% (0.97± 0.03) of cases and the waist circumference (WC) had altered in 64% (97.3±1.8) of the patients. Since the correlation for BMI, WC and fat percentage was significant, the use of BMI and WC was suggested for evaluating obesity in outpatients.
Keywords : obesity; myocardial infarction; rehabilitation.