Bariatric Surgery and a Healthier Heart  

Your New York bariatric surgery specialist can help restore your health and vitality—including a healthier heart.

Findings presented at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress focused on heart health after bariatric surgery.

Before bariatric surgery, belly fat has been affecting the heart. While the body carries extra weight, the heart works hard to pump blood throughout the body. The effort makes the heart bigger in someone with excess body mass.

The larger a person’s heart is, the less efficiently it does its job. Larger chambers and ventricles can’t move blood out as well as they could at their natural size. With more blood remaining in the heart, a person typically develops a greater risk of heart failure. The body as a whole struggles as the strained heart strives mightily to send enough blood to the feet, toes, and to the brain. Even the heart itself can have trouble getting enough blood.

After Surgery, Pumping Power Returns to the Heart

The very good news is that bariatric surgery enables the heart to recover its normal shape and function.

In the study led by Cleveland Clinic surgeon Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, the average person in the group of 51 subjects was around 100 lbs. overweight. The researchers examined ultrasounds before and after surgery to compare each heart’s size, shape, and blood movement, pre-op and post-op. A year past surgery, nearly half of the subjects had recovered their hearts’ natural shape, and their normal pumping power.

Concerns About Waiting Too Long to Seek Surgery

Dr. Rosenthal’s team has continued its work in this area. Their goal is to learn, with a measure of confidence, how soon people need to take significant excess weight off in order to avail themselves of this heart-healthy phenomenon’s benefits. Can a person who carries excess weight for 20 years improve heart health as much as someone who opted for bariatric surgery much earlier?

The question, Dr. Rosenthal says, is whether the heart will always have the capacity to recover its original shape and function. It’s possible that waiting too long to shed weight could mean letting the changes that enlarge and weaken the heart become permanent.

Weill Cornell Offers Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

Clients seeking a New York bariatric surgery specialist can find outstanding expertise at Weill Cornell, with two locations in New York City. The team includes top surgeons, an exceptional nursing staff, physician assistants, nutritional experts and more. Weill Cornell is the medical school and research arm of Cornell University, an Ivy League school in the state of New York.

Don’t put off the opportunity to learn what bariatric surgery can do for you. Call (646) 962-8462.

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