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Heart disease and stroke
Link Between Obesity and Heart Disease
Consider Bariatric Surgery
Because obesity is a significant risk factor for heart failure, weight loss can be an effective way to help prevent this life-threatening condition. Bariatric surgery typically is not the initial choice for losing weight but it is a great choice if you find that exercise and diet alone are not doing much good in the weight loss department. Yet, when other methods (such as decreasing calories and increasing physical activity) fail to work, bariatric surgery is an ideal option to lose weight quickly and keep it off.
How Weight Loss Surgery Effects Heart Failure
Research bears out the potential effectiveness of bariatric procedures for treating heart failure and the conditions that contribute to it. For example, a 2020 study of nearly 40,000 people showed that those with obesity who both underwent bariatric surgery and made lifestyle adjustments such as dieting and exercise were considerably less likely to develop heart failure than those who made lifestyle changes alone.
The researchers concluded the impressive effectiveness of bariatric surgery for preventing heart failure was related to the procedure’s known effects on reducing risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and atrial fibrillation.
Likewise, a 2016 study found that weight loss accomplished with bariatric surgery reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients being treated for severe obesity more effectively than those who made lifestyle efforts alone. Interestingly, this risk-reduction effect was largest in younger patients and in patients with higher blood pressures.
So far, most research studies have shown the effectiveness of weight-loss surgery for preventing heart disease. Another large study published in 2020 showed a 40% reduction in risk of death and heart complications in patients with Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Most obese individuals are drawn to bariatric surgery due to the impressive amount of weight loss achieved in a short amount of time. Still another study showed that one year after surgery patients lost an average of 41 pounds more than those who only embraced lifestyle changes.
Why NOVA Bariatrics?
Over time, obesity along with diabetes will cause a breakdown in your body’s systems. This can lead to a deterioration in your health and significantly decrease your life expectancy. Robotic-assisted bariatric surgery is a powerful tool that lets us reverse and prevent you from contracting life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart disease and many others associated with extreme obesity.
Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai, MD, FACS, FASMBS is expertly trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He performs a wide range of weight loss and bariatric surgeries. Dr. Alibhai and the surgical team at NOVA Bariatrics understand your weight loss goals and will recommend weight loss options to treat your obesity. Together, their combined experience and expertise goes a long way to help those who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through dieting and exercise alone.