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Can Bariatric Surgery Reduce the Risk of Stroke?

A smiling womanAlthough obesity can have a negative impact on self-esteem, its impact on overall health is often much worse. Obesity increases the risk of many health issues, including cardiovascular disease and stroke. Those who are obese and have struggled to lose weight may receive the help they need through bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery reduces the size of the stomach, making it easier to lose weight and enjoy an improved quality of life. Although the weight loss results of bariatric surgery can help improve health in a number of ways, let's focus on bariatric surgery and the reduced risk of stroke. For more information, contact Tijuana, Mexico bariatric surgeons Fernando García and David Vazquez.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or stopped altogether either by plaque within the artery or from the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel. When blood flow is reduced or stopped, oxygen and nutrients cannot reach the brain. Without sufficient oxygen or nutrients, brain cells will die, causing such signs and symptoms as:

  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion or difficulty understanding speech
  • Visual disturbances in one or both eyes
  • Numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body or face
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Loss of balance, dizziness, or difficulty walking

Obesity and the Risk of Stroke

Obesity puts stress on the body, increasing the risk of many health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, many of the health problems associated with obesity can also increase the risk of stroke, making those who are obese particularly vulnerable to suffering from a stroke. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Reducing the Risk of Stroke

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of stroke is to maintain a healthy weight. Weight may be managed through eating a healthy diet, one that is full of a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and high fiber grains, along with regular exercise. Even with a healthy diet, for some who suffer from obesity, managing weight can be difficult. Bariatric surgery can help those who struggle with obesity achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle.

By physically reducing the size of the stomach, bariatric surgery significantly reduces the amount of food that can be eaten, helping those who struggle with obesity achieve a healthy weight. Bariatric surgery also helps those whose weight makes it difficult to be active to be more mobile by putting them on the fast track to weight loss. As bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight and become more active, it can significantly improve overall health, helping to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent obstructive sleep apnea, all of which can help lower the risk of stroke.

Find out How Bariatric Surgery Can Improve Your Health

Losing weight isn't just about looking and feeling good, it's about being healthy. If you are struggling with obesity and would like to learn more about how bariatric surgery can help improve your health, please contact our team at the Tijuana Bariatric Center.

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