Prevalence and extent of coronary atherosclerosis and its correlation with obesity in a female population of South Karnataka: An autopsy study

Haneil L. D'souza, Mehak Malhotra, Ranjit Immanuel James, Prashantha Bhagavath, Deepak Nayak

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Introduction: Obesity and coronary artery disease (CAD) have had a controversial relationship for decades, though obesity is considered to be an independent risk factor that influences the development of coronary atherosclerosis / Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). However, there are recent studies with results proving otherwise. Aim & Objectives: To find a correlation, if any, between the level of coronary atherosclerosis and any of the nourishment/obesity indicators. Material and Method:This was a prospective study which involved 30 female patients. The study period was from May 2015 to May 2016.Before autopsy, the nourishment/obesity indicators such as waist circumference (WC), hip circumference (HC), length, and weight were taken in order to compare with the coronary atherosclerotic changes. Results:No such association was established between high BMI /other obesity indicators in relation to the development of coronary atherosclerosis in all the three major coronary arteries. Conclusion:This study could not prove the association between anthropometric measurements and the development of coronary artery atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology

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