Harvard Heart Letter

Weight-loss drugs and your heart

Weight-loss drugs aren't for people hoping to lose just a few pounds.

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Some first-generation diet pills proved risky to the heart. New drugs may have expanded the options for treating obesity.

Like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, excess weight can put a heavy burden on your heart. At least one in three adults is obese, a condition that boosts heart attack risk by about 60%.

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