KicStart™ and Heart Health
Cardiovascular (heart) disease remains one of the leading causes of death. Obesity, especially where fat is carried around the abdomen, is a major risk for heart disease. Traditionally the two have been thought to be linked through the effects of excess weight on increasing blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and clotting. More recently obesity has also been independently associated with heart disease via the direct effects of excess fat surrounding the heart and impinging on the efficiency of the heart itself.
Even a small amount of weight loss can help the heart work more efficiently as well as reducing some of the other cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure. Even losing just a few kg of fat has been shown to reduce blood pressure significantly.
Royal Adelaide Hospital KicStart™ Study - Cardiovascular risk factors, vascular and ventricular structure and function in obese men.
A study, using KicStart, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital of more than 80 obese men with no previous history of cardiovascular disease showed, using MRI - which creates internal images of the body by measuring magnetic energy - that weight loss (using KicStart™) was able to reverse heart abnormalities and return the heart to normal function. Click here to read an Adelaide Advertiser newspaper report on the study titled 'Obesity breakthrough – losing excess weight can heal a broken heart'.
The table below summarises some of the important clinical and scientific results for this study that were achieved in the first 48 men, as presented to the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology: