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Heart disease at age 8? Researchers find troubling signs in obese children.
Washington Post

The imaging tests left little room for doubt. They showed thickened heart muscles and increased muscle mass in the left ventricle — both signs of heart disease. But the troubling scans didn’t belong to ailing adults. They belonged to obese children, some as young as 8.

“This was surprising and alarming to us,” said Linyuan Jing, the lead author behind new findings being presented this week at an American Heart Association gathering in Florida. “At such a young age, [children have] already developed clear evidence of heart disease.”