Being obese increases your chance of developing other health issues. One of which is hypertension or high blood pressure.
High blood pressure and obesity
When you’re overweight or obese, your heart has to work harder in order to pump blood all throughout your body. In the long run, this can put a strain in your arteries, which can resist the flow of the blood. This causes your blood pressure to rise.
How bariatric surgery can help
For some obese individuals, diet and exercise aren’t enough to help them lose weight. This is where bariatric surgery becomes very helpful. In fact, it’s considered to be the most effective treatment for obesity and obesity-related conditions.
One study shows that hypertensive patients who underwent bariatric surgery experienced a reduction in the use of antihypertensive drugs at 12 months. This effect of the procedure is attributed to several factors, including the reduction of inflammation (which also modulates the stiffness of the arteries) and the role of gut hormones in influencing kidney functions.
Lowering your blood pressure also means decreasing your risk of other health problems like stroke and kidney disease.
Bariatric surgery at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons
Your first step at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons of Knoxville is watching or attending our FREE info series. This free seminar gives you important details about bariatric surgery, including what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. All new patients are required to attend this. You can sign up for the seminar here.
After watching the seminar, we will verify your insurance benefits and from there, you will schedule a consultation with our surgeon and patient advocate and go through a series of evaluations before surgery day. Our Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons team will guide you each step of the way.
You can read our Steps to Surgery here. For more questions, you may call us at (865) 984-3413.
Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Foothills is affiliated with the Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.