February 4, 2016

Bariatric Surgery and Heart Health

heart health and bariatric surgeryOf all the health benefits that come with weight loss surgeries, improving your heart health has the most significant impact on your general well-being. Countless medical studies have revealed that heart attack, stroke, and death can be reduced by as much as 50% for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. Obesity puts you at risk for many potentially fatal diseases and conditions. By undergoing bariatric surgery, you are making a proactive choice to prevent these conditions and improve your overall health.

Here are some facts regarding obesity and heart health:

  • More than 1/3 of U.S. citizens are obese (78 million adults)
  • High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese
  • Developing various heart complications (heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and angina) increases in people who are overweight or obese
  • People who are obese have a 50 to 100% increased risk of premature death from all causes

The above facts are frightening to read. It has long been understood and reiterated by the medical community that morbid obesity is one of the biggest antagonists to heart health, and can even be considered on a level comparable to smoking. However with the commitment to your choice of bariatric surgery you can greatly reduce your chances of developing these risks and benefit from an intensive lifestyle change. Weight loss surgery has been proven as an effective solution for combating this health problem because in order to be successful after surgery you must continue healthy eating and exercise habits when willpower runs out.

Studies have shown that five years after a successful bariatric procedure your risk of cardiovascular and circulatory disease is reduced by 72%. Overall mortality is improved by up to 15 years, and the specific mortality from coronary artery disease is 59% lower than for non-bariatric weight loss.

The long-term benefits of your weight loss surgery depend on the type of bariatric surgery you undergo and your personal characteristics. People who choose to undergo bariatric surgery are not only placed on a strictly monitored, nutritious diet, but are also given instructions to exercise regularly and to maintain a specific routine for wellness. Doctors work closely with you to find the right post-bariatric wellness plan for your individual needs. If you are struggling with morbid obesity you may not be able to reduce your heart health risks as much as you would like through diet and exercise alone. With bariatric surgery, extensive weight loss and improved heart health is now within reach.

From our Friends at Bariatric Medicine Institute.