February is American Heart Health month, and it's a good reminder to review the impact of obesity on cardiac health. According to the World Health Organization, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Experts predict that by 2030, one in five adults may have heart failure due to the growing obesity rate in America. Weight-loss surgery can help reduce risk.
Obesity contributes directly to cardiovascular risk factors, such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Increased bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Sleep Apnea
Sometimes, the impact of obesity on heart health is not obvious. In fact, researchers at Johns Hopkins call obesity a silent heart risk. Obesity can cause heart muscle injury even without clear heart disease markers, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. People with obesity require more blood to supply oxygen to their bodies, which makes the heart pump harder and can lead to heart failure over time. Because the heart works harder, its muscle size increases.
Improving Heart Health
Here’s the good news - weight-loss surgery can help improve heart health. A 40-year study recently published in the journal Obesity, found that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease dropped 29% for those who had bariatric surgery.
Many patients have seen a number of health benefits after bariatric surgery,
- Reduction of high blood pressure
- Improvement of obstructive sleep apnea
- Conquer joint pain
- Achieve long-term remission for Type 2 diabetes
- And more
“Obesity is one of the major causes of heart disease and increases the risk of early death. Weight-loss surgery can change that and it is one of the most effective ways of preventing and treating heart disease,” according to Dr. Joshua Roller, Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgeon Director. Don’t let an existing condition stop you from considering long-term weight-loss surgery. Roller Weight Loss patients undergo extensive consultations and work-ups that include multiple medical evaluations.
Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective long-term weight-loss solution that helps thousands of people lose weight and keep it off. Many studies show that patients maintain 50% to 70% loss of excess weight 10+ years after bariatric surgery.
The Roller Weight Loss Difference
At Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery, we are the most advanced and experienced bariatric surgical group in the region. We have performed individualized weight loss surgeries for patients from 47 out of 50 states, with patients traveling from all over the United States to change their lives for the better.
We look forward to helping you on your weight loss journey.