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Bariatric Surgery Lowers the Risk of Heart Attacks

A study in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that bariatric surgery lowers the incidence of death from heart attacks.  The study compared two groups of people who were morbidly obese.  Each group had over 2000 patients.  One group underwent bariatric surgery while the second group never had weight loss surgery.  Median follow up in the study was 14.7 years.

The morbidly obese people who never had bariatric surgery were 2 times more like to die from a heart attack than those who had the surgery.  This study confirms numerous others that show the health advantages of bariatric surgery.  In addition to improving diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, it also lowers the risk of heart disease, and extends life expectancy.

Carl Lowe, Jr., MD

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