Waist-to-height ratio is the best of four body measurements tested for predicting stroke

Takeaway

  • Among body measurements in people aged at least 40, waist-to-height ratio was most closely related to stroke prevalence: people in the highest quartile were more likely to have a stroke than those in the lowest quartile.

Why this matters

    Focusing solely on body mass index as a risk factor for stroke will ignore stroke risk in some individuals predicted to be at risk by waist-to-height ratio.