Ultrasound and Morbidly Obese Patient

  • Pavoni VittorioEmail author
  • Poli Claudio
  • Cipani Simone


Obesity is a condition of excessive body fat. The prevalence of significant obesity continues to rise in both developed and developing countries. Adipose tissue distribution may be better predictor of health risk. Morbidity and mortality rise sharply when the BMI is >30 kg/m−2.

Morbidly obese individuals are at greater risk of mortality from diabetes, cardiorespiratory and cerebrovascular disorders and certain forms of cancer. Echocardiography plays a major role in quantifying left heart chamber dimensions, which are thought to increase proportionally with increasing body size.


Morbidly obese patient Cardiovascular disease Body mass index Echocardiography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Intensive CareSanta Maria Nuova HospitalFlorenceItaly

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