Obesity and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

Steven S. Coughlin, Janet C. Rice

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To learn more about the dilated form of cardiomyopathy associated with obesity, we conducted a pooled analysis of data from two case-control studies of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Up to two controls of the same sex and approximate age (±5 years) had been selected for each case using random digit dialing. The subjects had been interviewed by telephone. We compared the cases (N = 224) and controls (N = 353) using conditional logistic regression. We defined severe obesity using national criteria for severely elevated body mass index. We found little association with severe obesity in multivariate analysis (relative odds = 1.1; 95% confidence interval = 0.7- 1.9).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-632
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • blacks
  • body mass index
  • congestive cardiomyopathy
  • diabetes mellitus
  • hypertension
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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