In the simplest terms, heart disease is a cardiovascular disease, which means it occurs when your heart's blood flow is blocked or interrupted by fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Plaque or fatty deposits build up over many years, this process can be attributed to a variety of lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, consuming foods which are high in fat, and a lack of exercise. Coronary heart disease can be present in people who are classed as medically obese.
Coronary heart disease can also result in conditions such as angina, heart attacks and even heart failure, in fact- it remains the number one cause of deaths in the UK. The importance of research on heart disease is a topic that should be spoken about... it can’t be emphasised enough -simply because so many of the causes can be prevented by making lifestyle changes. In other words, you can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by keeping to a healthy body mass index (BMI), eating a well-rounded, balanced diet, exercising regularly and by working to control blood cholesterol and sugar levels.
Having a high BMI puts you at a considerable risk of developing coronary heart disease and can significantly affect your long- term health. Obesity is often linked to high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels which are both considered high risk factors for developing coronary heart disease.
If you have tried following a balanced diet and exercising and found you still haven’t secured the results you are looking for, weight loss surgery could be the best way forward. Losing weight through weight loss surgery can seriously reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease as well as certain types of cancers, strokes and diabetes. We offer the following three types of bariatric surgery to aid weight loss:
1. Gastric band – this involves using a band to simulate the feeling of being satisfied through additional nerve stimulation and stomach compression.
2. Gastric bypass – this works by making your stomach smaller through bypassing part of your stomach and intestines, so you absorb fewer calories.
3. Gastric sleeve – this is where part of the stomach is removed, so you can't eat as much as you could before surgery and you'll feel full sooner.
Gastric band surgery is the most popular method of bariatric surgery. Having a gastric band fitted involves at least one night’s stay in hospital, and most patients need a week off work immediately after the procedure. But a gastric band is not an instant fix: they’re designed to help you lose weight gradually, with your lifestyle and diet having a major impact on how much weight you eventually lose. For most patients, it takes four to six months of band fills to get to the point where you are consistently and comfortably losing weight.
Weight loss can lead to a reduction in cardiovascular problems and will enable you to live a more active life. Bariatric surgery also has many other health benefits including controlling Type 2 diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), and improving sleep apnoea (interrupted breathing while asleep), asthma and joint pain. Not to mention, the benefits to your self-esteem, confidence and simply feeling better about life.
We understand that weight loss isn’t easy, especially on your own. When you’ve tried following a balanced diet and exercising and it’s just not enough, weight loss surgery with us could be the start of your journey to a new you.
At The Hospital Group, we’ve helped many patients achieve their weight loss goals with gastric band, sleeve and bypass surgery. Get in touch and start your journey today...