Weight Loss Can Help Treat Heart Disease

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People who suffer from obesity are often at a higher risk of heart disease and heart failure. Therefore, weight loss can have a direct relation with improving the condition of the heart and mitigating the risk of heart failure. However, obese individuals may find it difficult to reduce weight through a regular diet and exercise regimen.

Bariatric surgery has emerged as one of the most effective solutions for such people who need to achieve weight loss, but are unable to do so with non-invasive approaches due to a variety of factors.

ABS Board certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre is a fantastic and astute bariatric surgeon providing weight loss treatments to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding locations in this part of The Sunshine State.


Bariatric Surgery May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

A recent report presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions has said that bariatric surgery may cut down heart failure risk and contribute to the treatment of heart disease. The report provides the details of a new study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, and the Swedish Research Council.


Study Highlights

  • Bariatric surgery, which can lead to substantial weight loss, can significantly reduce the risk of heart failure in obese patients.
  • Bariatric surgery patients have a much lower risk of heart failure than patients who do lifestyle modifications involving severe dieting and regular exercise.
  • Reduced risk of heart failure may be due to bariatric surgery’s effects on other risk factors of heart failure, including diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.


Findings of the Study

Researchers did a comparison between 25,804 bariatric surgery patients and 13,701 patients who used an intensive structured lifestyle modification program. Both groups had no history of heart failure before starting treatment, had a BMI greater than 30, and weighed on average 262.35 pounds before treatment.


Researchers found:

  • Four years after the treatment began the risk of heart failure in the bariatric surgery group was lower by nearly 50 percent.
  • Patients in the bariatric surgery group had fewer incidences of atrial fibrillation, diabetes and hypertension.
  • The bariatric surgery group lost more weight than those in the intensive lifestyle modification program. Obesity surgery led to 41.44 pounds more weight loss than lifestyle treatment after one year, and 49.82 pounds more weight loss after two years.

Johan Sundstrom, MD, PhD, senior author of the study and professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden, said that, “Our study shows an association between obesity and heart failure and offers support for efforts to prevent and treat obesity aggressively, including the use of bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery might affect the incidence of atrial fibrillation, diabetes and hypertension — known risk factors of heart failure — explaining the lower risk of heart failure we observed.”

Outstanding and poignant bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre will carefully determine a patient’s candidacy for weight loss surgery, and recommend the appropriate treatment. Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and other cities and towns in this part of the country for weight loss treatments.

Source: Heart.org

Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

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