Obesity and cardiovascular risk: A call for action from the European Society of Hypertension Working Group of Obesity, Diabetes and the High-risk Patient and European Association for the Study of Obesity: Part B: Obesity-induced cardiovascular disease, early prevention strategies and future research directions

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Obesity predisposes for atrial fibrillation, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, renal disease and ischemic stroke, which are the main causes of cardiovascular hospitalization and mortality. As obesity and the cardiovascular effects on the vessels and the heart start early in life, even from childhood, it is important for health policies to prevent obesity very early before the disease manifestation emerge. Key roles in the prevention are strategies to increase physical exercise, reduce body weight and to prevent or treat hypertension, lipids disorders and diabetes earlier and efficiently to prevent cardiovascular complications.


  • Vasilios Kotsis
  • Konstantinos Tsioufis
  • Christina Antza
  • Gino Seravalle
  • Antonio Coca
  • Cristina Sierra
  • Empar Lurbe
  • Stella Stabouli
  • Bojan Jelakovic
  • Josep Redon
  • Pau Redon
  • Jens Jordan
  • Dragan Micic
  • Nicholas Finer
  • Deborah R. Leitner
  • Hermann Toplak
  • Lale Tokgozoglu
  • Vasilios Athyros
  • Moses Elisaf
  • Theodosios D. Filippatos
  • Guido Grassi
External organisations
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Istituto Auxologico Italiano
  • University of Barcelona
  • Valencia University Hospital
  • Carlos III Health Institute
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Hannover Medical School
  • University College London
  • Medical University of Graz
  • Hacettepe University
  • University of Ioannina
  • University of Crete
  • University Hospital Centre Zagreb
  • University of Valencia
  • Clinical Center of Serbia
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • IRCCS Multimedica
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • adolescent hypertension, atrial fibrillation, cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular risk, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, metabolically healthy obesity, obesity, sudden cardiac death
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1441-1455
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1
Publication categoryResearch