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Is Bariatric Surgery Effective for Treating High Blood Pressure?


Hypertension is incredibly common for those who are overweight or obese. With so many negative effects, it’s important to treat this condition quickly to promote a healthy body. With the prevalence of high blood pressure in the United States, people are exploring multiple options for treatment, including bariatric surgery for weight loss.

High Blood Pressure and Obesity

According to the most recent research, hypertension is twice as common for obese people. High blood pressure can be devastating to your health over the long term, leading to an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. While medication can help, lifestyle changes are recommended to lower your risk and reverse hypertension. 

Those who are looking to lower their risk might consider bariatric surgery as a solution. Before you see if you qualify for these procedures, you should know first if they can help you. Fortunately, bariatric surgery has shown to improve hypertension and grant patients a healthier life through weight loss.

How Does Weight Loss Effect Blood Pressure?

But does weight loss lower blood pressure? According to the Mayo Clinic, even losing a small amount of weight may improve hypertension. For those who are overweight or obese, losing around 2.2 pounds of weight can lower your blood pressure by an entire point. With such a drastic improvement, it’s clear that those with hypertension should be exploring reliable ways to lose weight.  

Bariatric Surgery for High Blood Pressure

As everyone knows, losing weight and keeping it off over the long term can be difficult. Bariatric surgery helps numerous patients with weight loss and blood pressure management each year. With multiple surgery options, these procedures often help people lose 50 to 75% of their excess weight. Best of all, the help you receive won’t stop at surgery. Your surgical team will also work with you to establish lifelong healthy habits that will keep your blood pressure in check. 

A critical part of weight-loss surgery is lasting support. Support before and after surgery will help educate you and assist you in establishing lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. These changes aid your weight loss and allow you to keep the weight off once you lose it. By keeping off the weight in the long-term, you can establish a healthier blood pressure and even reverse some of the side effects of hypertension. 

Finding the Right Solution for You

Lenox Hill Hospital offers the expert care and support you need for weight loss. With multiple surgical options, including the Lap-Band®, you can find the perfect choice for you and begin your journey to reversing hypertension. By choosing our team of dedicated professionals, you’ll receive post-operative education to empower your weight-loss and keep it off for good–leading to a healthier body overall. Find out more about bariatric surgery and its effects on blood pressure by registering for our free online weight-loss surgery seminar.