By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS
Happy Valentine’s Day!
During American Heart Month, it’s important for people with weight challenges to be aware of the toll those extra pounds take on the heart muscle and how positively a stressed heart responds to significant weight loss.
In overweight people, the heart has to work significantly harder to keep the body fully functional. As you can imagine, the heart starts to wear down after this prolonged overexertion.
The increased demand on the heart forces the heart muscle to increase in size to meet the needs of a larger body. But unlike building larger muscle mass in other parts of the body, a bigger (enlarged) heart is not a healthier heart.
A study by the Cleveland Clinic also found that when confronted with excess fat, the heart has to pump harder to move blood through the body, also causing the size of the heart to increase.
For many people, a diagnosed cardiac problem is the motivating factor in choosing a surgical weight loss solution. And keep in mind, we are not talking about ‘older people.’
We have helped several patients in their 30’s and 40’s after they survived and recovered from obesity-related heart attacks.
But having a bariatric surgical procedure–and the significant weight loss that follows–can reduce the size of the heart to its natural shape and resume optimal function.
Recently one of my patients with about 150 pounds to lose told me that he could hear and feel his heart beating more easily after he had dropped the first 75 pounds.
When you partner this effort with an ongoing cardio fitness regime that strengthens the heart, you’re setting the stage for a long, heart-healthy life.
When your heart is humming along, it also helps keep the rest of your organs in check as well.
At Sterling Surgicare, we are responsible for helping our community members live longer and live better.
By losing weight, overcoming obesity and the stress it places on the heart, you can enjoy enormously positive health benefits for the whole body.
The sooner your heart muscle can resume a normal size, the less long-term damage will be sustained by all of the body’s organs.
Be kind to your heart—avoid overtaxing it with excess weight and keep it in shape by exercising regularly.
It will thank you for many years to come.
If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own and have not sustained long-term success, a bariatric weight loss solution may be right for you, if you qualify.
Call our team of respectful and experienced weight loss surgery professionals at (732) 217-3897 to learn more.