Understanding How Obesity Hurts Your Heart

Although it’s common knowledge that obesity can lead to dire health consequences, you may be surprised at the extent to which obesity can harm your heart health. Obesity is strongly associated with several health problems that can compromise cardiovascular wellness, such as high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. If you’re concerned about your heart health, you may wish to speak with a physician at Riverside Community Hospital about your obesity treatment options. For example, bariatric weight loss surgery may be an appropriate option for some patients in the Riverside area.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often referred to as a “silent killer” because many people with hypertension are unaware that they have it. Sometimes, hypertension can go undiagnosed for years, during which time the excessive force against the arterial walls can inflict considerable damage to the blood vessels, heart, and other organs. Obesity increases the risk of hypertension. Likewise, having high blood pressure increases the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease (CHD), and many other health problems.

High Cholesterol Levels

Some patients who may be good candidates for bariatric weight loss are those with obesity and other health conditions, such as high cholesterol levels. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of being diagnosed with high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It can also lower your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the beneficial type of cholesterol. Like hypertension, abnormal cholesterol levels increases your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

Individuals with obesity are more likely to have accumulations of waxy plaque in the coronary arteries, which perform the important job of supplying blood to the heart. This condition is referred to as coronary heart disease. The buildup of plaque can reduce the amount of blood sent to the heart, which may cause chest pain. Sometimes, deposits of plaque can rupture, which causes the formation of a blood clot. If the blood clot is large enough, it can significantly or completely block blood flow to the heart, which causes a heart attack.

The bariatric weight loss physicians at Riverside Community Hospital are dedicated to helping patients regain control of their health. To learn whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, you might consider attending one of our seminars or patient support groups. Riverside residents can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.

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