Studies show that patients that undergo weight-loss surgery in Mexico or elsewhere have reduced blood pressure and take control of their health. Bariatric and metabolic procedures, such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, make positive long-term changes in the blood pressure of overweight and obese patients.
75% of bariatric patients with hypertension problem can have normal blood pressure after the operation that would never come back (according to the University of Southern California).
The bariatric treatment and resulting weight loss provide patients with a chance to be healthier and get the best for their overall health including reducing their blood pressure.
We will discuss hypertension disease, causes, symptoms, and the effect of bariatrics on lowering blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is when the pressure of the blood traveling through your artery walls that is too high. The heart has to work harder to pump blood through the veins. If the blood pressure (Systolic/Diastolic) is above 140/90, it is considered high. It is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
There are typically no symptoms of high blood pressure. It has the following symptoms if the blood pressure is severe:
shortness of breath
blood in the urine
The force and friction in the arteries strain the heart to work harder to push the blood in the vessels. Hypertension can lead to heart disease and stroke. Hypertension typically affects individuals aged 40 or older.
Weight Loss Surgery Helps High Blood Pressure Patients – Studies
These findings lead professionals such as John Fernstrom, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, and pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, to believe that weight loss can have a direct relation to the blood pressure of patients. Fernstrom is also the director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Weight Management Center. The results of these studies also provide valuable information to the professionals regarding what they can expect for their patients after weight loss surgery. This can be positive things for these patients and can mean overall good health.
The results show that although patients may have had a BMI of 35 still, and considered technically obese, they had reduced blood pressure due to the overall weight loss. This can also lead to reduced cardiovascular disease risk, stroke risk, and even constant blood pressure related issues.
Fernstrom noted that these significant changes in blood pressure could be an excellent indicator of which patients would benefit from weight loss surgery most. These problems could be reduced or eliminated with a successful surgery. This would mean a reduction or stop of all medications relating to high blood pressure and an overall better health plan for the patients that successfully undergo the surgery. When choosing patients that are ideal candidates for weight loss surgery, professionals may look at the decrease in high blood pressure as a significant advantage of the operation. It could be a factor in determining who is a good candidate for the surgery and who is not.
The combined good eating habits, exercise, and surgery can decrease high blood pressure substantially. This can provide you with everything they need to get back on track with good health and positive results. Weight loss surgery isn’t just about losing substantial amounts of weight, sustaining a weight loss, and finding better habits, but also about reducing the risks for life-threatening events such as strokes and heart attack. This is a good reason to consider patients for the various weight loss surgery procedures for metabolic syndrome.
Mexico Bariatric Center's Founder and CEO, Ron Elli, Ph.D. has been in Medical Tourism Bariatrics and Plastics since early 2007. Dr. Elli is a pioneer in the Mexico Weight Loss Surgery field. Ron has published numerous articles in Global Healthcare and has been informing patients in U.S. and Canada through bariatric seminars and webinars.