It is common for obese people to suffer from high blood pressure. Physicians usually recommend patients to maintain healthy weight and follow an active lifestyle to manage blood pressure. However, it can be difficult to reduce weight due to metabolic syndrome, which creates resistance against efforts to lose weight. Bariatric surgery may be an effective weight loss solution in such cases.
For obese and significantly overweight people with high blood pressure, a weight loss surgery can produce desirable outcomes and help with managing blood pressure to healthy levels. The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, led by bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre, provides weight loss treatments to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding communities.
Risks of High Blood Pressure
In simple terms, blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as it is pumped from the heart and flows in all parts of the body to transport oxygen and vital nutrients to the cells. Blood pressure keeps fluctuating in minute degrees throughout the day as an individual’s activity levels goes on changing.
However, when the blood pressure tends to remain consistently high, which is also known as hypertension, it can pose serious risk to the health of the heart. The arteries are made of flexible muscle tissue that gets stretched as the blood flows through them. If the blood is pumped with greater force, the arteries will stretch more.
When blood pressure remains constantly high, it can stretch out the arteries permanently and cause damage. This will increase the risk of blood clotting, vascular scarring, arterial blockage, vascular rupture, and damage to the tissue and organs.
Relationship between Obesity and Hypertension
Obesity tends to increase the risk of high blood pressure in various critical ways. As the patient weighs more, their body needs more blood to deliver adequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients. This places the heart under stress to pump blood with greater force, and puts pressure on the arterial walls.
Obese people will typically find it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle, which again increases their risk of high blood pressure. When the body remains in low state of activity for long periods, the heart rate will usually be higher. This will force the heart to work harder and exert greater force to pump blood.
However, many obese people find it challenging to lose sufficient weight to bring high blood pressure under control because of the metabolic changes obesity can create in the body. Therefore, such individuals have to depend on a lifetime of medications to regulate blood pressure. Dr. Beltre is an experienced bariatric surgeon receiving patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and nearby areas.
How does Bariatric Surgery Help?
Metabolic and bariatric surgery will lead to aggressive weight loss. This will typically result in a concomitant reduction in various medical problems, including high blood pressure. With weight loss, the body will need less blood, which will reduce pressure on the arterial walls. Furthermore, weight loss will induce the patient to have an increased level of activity, which will make heart work more efficiently, and reduce high blood pressure.
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 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.