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What Is the Connection between Obesity and Heart Conditions?

An obese man measuring his waist with a tape measureIf you are struggling with morbid obesity, and diet and exercise have not gotten you anywhere, then bariatric surgery may provide you with an ideal solution. It’s not an easy solution; it will require an absolute commitment on your part. The surgery itself should be considered a powerful tool in your crusade to lose weight. The actual weight loss, however, will depend on you and how closely you adhere to the post-surgical instructions provided to you by Drs. Fernando Garcia and David Vazquez, the two talented surgeons at Tijuana Bariatric Center.

It will be worth it, however. Not only will bariatric surgery help you to look, feel, and function better, but it may even save your life. Obesity has been connected to dozens of serious health conditions, including heart conditions such as heart disease and heart attack. Drs. Garcia and Vazquez discuss the link between obesity and heart conditions during consultations at their Tijuana, BC bariatric center so that patients understand how important it is that they drop their excess weight and lead healthier lifestyles.

If you would like to learn more about the connection between obesity and heart conditions and how you could benefit from bariatric surgery, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Garcia or Dr. Vazquez today.

What Is the Link between Obesity and Heart Conditions?

You depend on your heart to circulate blood throughout your body. Even a few extra pounds makes the heart’s job considerably harder. Morbid obesity places extreme demands on the heart. When your body grows larger, it requires a larger supply of blood. In order to accommodate the demands of your larger body, your heart grows slightly larger in an attempt to provide a greater amount of blood with each beat. As you might imagine, this is not a healthy arrangement. The result is often higher blood pressure. Sometimes, your heart may not be able to fully empty its chambers of blood with each beat, and the blood may pool over time, eventually resulting in congestive heart failure.

It is no surprise, then, that obesity has been connected with an increased risk of heart attack. However, a recent study at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed that obesity may be causing fatal heart attacks, in and of itself. According to the study, obese, middle-aged men are at 60-percent higher risk of dying from a heart attack than non-obese middle-aged men, even after canceling out cardiovascular risk factors.

Being obese can also raise blood cholesterol, lower the “good” HDL cholesterol that is associated with lower risk of heart disease, and raise the risk of diabetes. All of these factors can increase the risk of heart conditions.

Fortunately, losing even ten or twenty pounds can significantly improve your heart health. Losing massive amounts of weight through bariatric surgery could potentially salvage your heart and save your life.

Learn More about Obesity and Heart Conditions

To learn more about the connection between obesity and heart conditions, please contact Tijuana Bariatric Center today.

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