Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke risk
Weight loss and heart health may be very closely related. According to new research, obese individuals who undergo weight loss surgery may lower their risk of experiencing - and dying from - a heart attack or stroke.
Swedish researchers followed 4,047 very obese men and women for an average of 15 years. Roughly half of the participants opted to have weight-loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) at the beginning of the study, and those who did were 33% less likely than those who skipped surgery to have a heart attack or stroke. They were also 53% less likely to die from one.
After 15 years, the people who underwent surgery had lost 16% of their initial body weight, on average, while those who didn't have surgery maintained roughly the same weight.
Surprisingly, the decreased risk of heart attack and stroke for surgery patients did not seem affected by the amount of weight lost.
Mitchell Roslin, M.D. says the new study is notable because it tracked heart attacks and strokes over a long period of time, not just reductions in heart-disease risk factors such as cholesterol or blood pressure.
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