The number of people seeking weight-loss surgeries is rising these days. People who are morbidly obese are no longer going for unfruitful means like dieting and exercise for a long time and instead are relying on obesity treatment approach. Moreover, people who are classified as overweight or obese are also relying on weight loss surgery to get rid of the other obesity-associated conditions.
Heart attack and stroke are two of the most severe associated risks of obesity. Let’s understand how extra bodyweight uplifts the risks of these medical emergencies and how weight loss surgery can reduce the same.
How Obesity can Leads To Heart Attack And Stroke
Obesity leads to excess fat deposition in the body and as a result, it brings other complications such as high blood sugar level, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol, etc. High cholesterol leads to plaque build-up in the blood vessels. This plaque builds up, block the blood flow through the vessels and the organ connected to the blood vessel gets cut off from the blood and oxygen supply.
When the blockage occurs in the blood vessels surrounding the heart, it causes a heart attack. When the same occurs in a blood vessel connecting the brain, it causes a stroke. Though stroke and heart attack can happen to anyone these days who follow a sedentary lifestyle, as per bariatric surgeons, being overweight/obese is a big risk factor for the same. In fact, as per statistics, at least 7 out of 10 overweight/obese individuals are at high risk of either heart attack or stroke or both.
How Weight Loss Surgery Helps To Minimize The Risks
As explained earlier, extra body weight uplifts the risks of heart attack and stroke, mainly due to high cholesterol in the blood. For many patients with excessive-high cholesterol level, doctors carry out interventional cardiac procedures like angioplasty. In this process, the blocked blood vessel is unclogged using needles and other medical equipment, thus preventing the risks of heart attack or stroke. This treatment is effective, but as long as the individual has high cholesterol, they are likely to have a stroke or heart attack in the future as well.
Weight loss surgery helps with the cause itself and offer an effective treatment. Weight loss surgery makes either temporary or permanent changes in the digestive system. After undergoing it, the individual starts to lose weight and the body restores its function, apart from simply losing weight. These include controlling the blood cholesterol level as well. Needless to say, with a normal cholesterol level, the individual may not have blocked blood vessels anymore and the risks of stroke and heart attack and other conditions related to blocked blood vessels can be handled effectively.
At ILS Hospitals Bariatric Care Unit, our expert bariatric surgeons offer safe and effective weight loss surgery for the people to treat obesity along with its associated illnesses such as stroke, heart attack and many more.