Obesity affects more than appearance; it can have a serious impact on heart health. Obesity strains the heart and cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of heart disease and other heart conditions. Bariatric surgery can help those who have struggled with obesity achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reducing the risk of heart conditions and improving overall health. For more information about reducing heart conditions after bariatric surgery contact Tijuana, Mexico bariatric surgeon Liza María Pompa González, serving San Diego, CA and surrounding areas.
Heart Conditions Related to Obesity
Obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index, or “BMI,” of 30 or above increases the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and other heart conditions. Obesity causes the heart to work harder in order to pump blood throughout the body, which also increases blood pressure. Over time, this strain can cause the heart to enlarge. Unlike other muscles in the body, when the heart becomes bigger it becomes less efficient. Other heart conditions linked to obesity include:
- Increased blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Decreased HDL cholesterol, which is considered “good” cholesterol and linked with a lower risk of stroke and heart disease
- Increased levels of LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, which can buildup within the walls of the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease
How Can Bariatric Surgery Help Heart Health?
Bariatric surgery can help improve heart health by reducing BMI and helping those with severe obesity achieve a healthy weight. Part of the success of bariatric surgery depends on the patient's dedication to changing their eating habits and making healthy choices. As bariatric surgery physically makes the stomach smaller, it's particularly important for patients to choose nutrient rich foods that are low in sugar and saturated fats.
Bariatric surgery and dietary changes help facilitate weight loss, further helping to reduce the strain on the heart as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Bariatric surgery can also help those who have lived a sedentary lifestyle due to obesity regain mobility. Regular exercise can further help with weight loss and improve heart health.
Tips for Heart Health
Bariatric surgery can help facilitate weight loss for those who struggle with obesity. Bariatric surgery is just one component to improving heart health. Following a healthy diet and regularly exercising are also essential to keeping the heart strong and healthy. Eat a diet of lean proteins and vegetables and avoid refined sugars, saturated fats, and processed foods. Exercise daily or at least four times a week. Start slow, like taking a walk in the morning and gradually increase your activity as you become more mobile and strong.
Find out If Bariatric Surgery Is Right for You
If you are obese and would like help to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle, bariatric surgery may be right for you. To find out if you're a candidate for bariatric surgery, contact our team at LIMARP® to schedule a consultation.