The Link Between Obesity and Hypertension

November 16, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Hypertension Obesity

Bariatric surgery: A before and after simulationNumerous patients have placed their trust in Dr. Fernando Garcia, a leading weight loss surgeon in Tijuana who attracts a diverse patients base from across the border. He offers some of the most advanced weight loss procedures at his practice, including gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy).

Losing weight means more than just looking slimmer. It also means getting much healthier. With that in mind, let's consider how weight loss surgery can help address issues with hypertension.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another way of saying high blood pressure. In essence, this means that it requires more force/effort from your heart to pump your blood through your arteries. Over a long period of time, hypertension can result in a number of serious health problems.

There are actually two kinds of hypertension. Primary hyper tension has no direct cause and tends to develop naturally as part of the aging process. The other kind of hypertension is known as secondary hypertension and it is linked to various health problems, including thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and substance abuse.

How is hypertension linked to obesity and morbid obesity?

When a person is obese or morbidly obese, his or her body will require more blood to circulate in order to supply the body with the proper amount of nutrients and oxygen. In other words, your heart has to work much harder as a result of increased body mass, which results in high blood pressure.

Health Issues Caused by Hypertension

There are many adverse health conditions related to high blood pressure. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Loss of vision
  • Damage to the kidneys
  • Angina
  • Erectile dysfunction

How Bariatric Surgery Helps Address Hypertension

Bariatric surgery allows patients to lose weight in a quick and healthy manner. By shedding excessive amounts of weight, patients can improve their heart health and reduce their blood pressure in the process. This improvement in weight and blood pressure has a number of benefits for the entire body, meaning that general wellness can be greatly improved thanks to shedding that excessive weight.

How effective is bariatric surgery with regard to treating hypertension?

As we noted previously on our blog, bariatric surgery is quite effective in treating hypertension.

Patients will lose a great deal of body mass in the first year of surgery, which means a significant improvement in heart health. In addition, patients will adopt a new diet that is much healthier, which means long-term improvements in general wellness.

It's this combination of weight loss, a healthier diet, and more physical activity that leads to a significant improvement in blood pressure. Weight loss surgery can literally add years to your life.

Which weight loss surgery option is right for me?

There are different options to consider for surgical weight loss. We feel that gastric sleeve (sleeve gatrectomy) is among the safest and most effective options, though gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery can also achieve great results for patients. During your consultation, we can go over the risks and benefits of all surgical options so you can make an informed decision about these matters.

Learn More About Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

For more information about how weight loss surgery can help you lose body mass and achieve better health and wellness, be sure to contact our bariatric surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you lead a healthier and more fulfilling life.