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Am J Cardiol. 1996 Oct 15;78(8):961-4.

The abdominal diameter index and sudden coronary death in men.

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Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3219, USA.


Alternative anthropometric indexes were compared for their ability to discriminate between 35 Atlanta men with sudden coronary death and 81 male controls. With or without adjustments for age, race, and body mass index, the abdominal diameter index (supine sagittal abdominal diameter divided by midthigh circumference) was associated with sudden coronary death more strongly than the waist/hip ratio or waist/thigh ratio of circumferences.

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