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Obesity is an established cardiovascular risk factor that is associated with increased cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity. Obese Ô¨ÅreÔ¨Åghters are at increased risk for on-duty coronary heart disease events and cardiovascular disease retirements.
Left ventricular (LV) mass is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events; increased LV mass is common among US Ô¨ÅreÔ¨Åghters and plays a major role in Ô¨ÅreÔ¨Åghter sudden cardiac death.