The surprising ways losing weight can aid your heart


In this article:

  • Dropping just a few pounds can make a big difference to your cardiac health.

  • A Providence physician explains the importance of understanding a healthy weight range for your body type.

Studies show that if you’re above a healthy body mass index (BMI), dropping just 5 to 10 percent of your excess weight can help improve your heart health. And if you’re one of the more than 93 million Americans who are obese, losing any amount of weight can often make a huge difference in your overall health.

Here’s how it works.


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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

About the Author

The Providence Heart & Vascular Team is committed to bringing you many years of expertise and experience to help you understand how to prevent, treat and recover from cardiovascular diseases and conditions. From tips to eating better to exercise and everything in between, our clinical experts know how to help you help your heart.

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