Excess Abdominal Fat Increases Chances for High Blood Pressure

- UAMS opens an adult spina bifida clinic, the first multi-disciplinary clinic available to adult patients in Arkansas.

Each year, spina bifida patients seen at Arkansas Children's Hospital turn 21 and must transition to adult care elsewhere.

The clinic will include physicians, wound care nurses, and medical social workers who will offer services like physical medicine and rehabilitation and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In other health news, people with excess fat in their abdominal area have the greatest chance of developing high blood pressure.

Obesity is a known risk factor for hypertension but researchers wanted to see if the location of fat impacted that risk.

Their study of 900 patients found abdominal fat, especially around the kidneys, was more strongly linked to high blood pressure than lower or overall body fat.

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