Sunday 18 March 2018

Death of woman (30) linked to obesity

Georgina O'Halloran

A YOUNG woman died of a heart attack due to factors linked to her obesity, an inquest has been told.

Johanna Janatuinen (30) was discovered dead in bed by her partner Warren Jones on February 6, 2012.

The young woman, who was originally from Finland, was morbidly obese at the time of her death, and had a body mass index (BMI) of 40.9.

A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25.

Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster said at Cork City Corner's Court yesterday the young woman's death was due to heart and respiratory failure caused by a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. This means the heart is enlarged and weakened and cannot pump blood efficiently.

Dr Bolster said the dead woman's heart condition was due to her raised BMI, and a genetic susceptibility to the condition.

Mr Jones broke down in tears when the pathologist told him that Ms Janatuinen did not suffer and died in her sleep.

A garda investigation found no suspicious circumstances.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said the case highlighted the health difficulties that are brought about by obesity.

She recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

Irish Independent

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