Will Metabolic Surgery Help Me If I Already Have Heart Disease?

Posted on: 26th Nov, 2022

One of the benefits of metabolic surgery and the associated weight loss is a reduced risk of obesity-related issues, such as heart disease. But will metabolic surgery help if you already have heart disease? A 2021 study says yes, it will.

From the Study

In an analysis of over 2,000 patients with heart disease, the authors followed matched controls comparing those who did undergo bariatric surgery to those who did not. Five years later, the results were impressive: far fewer hearts attacks, strokes, and deaths among those who did undergo the bariatric surgery.


As compiled by UNR medical student Dominique White, the data spoke persuasively to a powerful risk-reduction effect of bariatric surgery in this population of individuals with pre-existing heart disease. In this study conducted in Canada, most of the subjects had undergone gastric bypass, but there was no difference found in the health improvement when patients had undergone the sleeve procedure.

Bariatric surgery is believed to reduce risks of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrythmias, and mortality by a number of mechanisms including reversing diabetes and hypertension. Authors believe there may be additional powerful mechanisms that stem form the reduction of inflammation as a result of weight loss.

If existing heart disease is affecting your decision to move forward with metabolic surgery, it’s worth having a discussion with an experienced practitioner. Here in northern Nevada, the team at Nevada Surgical is ready to answer all of your questions. Contact us today.

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