When Having a Big Heart is Not Good for Your Health

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, Medical Director

Many people turn to weight loss surgery after being diagnosed with weight-related health issues, including heart disease.

In fact, we have helped several patients in their 30’s and 40’s after they survived and recovered from obesity-related heart attacks.

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 continual overexertion. The increased demand on the heart forces the heart muscle to increase in size.

But unlike building larger muscle mass in other parts of the body,

a bigger (enlarged) heart is not a healthier heart.

A new study released last year 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.

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.

When your heart is humming along, it helps keep the rest of your organs in check as well.

As health care providers here at Sterling Surgicare, we are responsible for helping our community members live longer and live better. By losing weight and re-establishing normal heart size, you will 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.

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.

If you have battled obesity for years without achieving sustained success, attend one of our bariatric surgery seminars for people interested in learning more.

Visit or call (732) 217-3897 to register for our next seminar.