Is Your Belly A Heart Threat?
For an accurate determination of heart-attack risk caused by abdominal fat, calculate your waist-hip ratio, Mayo Clinic cardiologist Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., advises. Here’s how:
1. While standing, wrap a tape measure around your waist about midway between your lowest rib and the top of the bony part of your hips. Write down the number.
2. Then measure your hips around the widest part of your buttocks.
3. Divide waist by hips. If the number is 0.9 or higher, you have central obesity and your metabolic risks are substantially higher.
4. For a more accurate assessment of fat, ask your doc for a dual X-ray absorptiometry scan.