Gastric band surgery can reduce cardiovascular risks

30 October 2012

Having gastric band surgery can reduce a patient's risk of having cardiovascular disease, according to a study which has been published in the journal Heart.

The findings of 73 different studies were used to evaluate the effects of such surgery between 1950 and 2012.

Through cholesterol testing it was ascertained that the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels were all decreased through having a gastric band fitted.

The report's author said: "The magnitude of effect on [cardiovascular] risk factors is impressive, and to date no pharmacological therapy for weight management or diabetes has shown a comparable effect over these short time periods."

Nearly 20,000 cases were taken into consideration with the average age being 42-years-old and 75 per cent of the data coming from women.

After surgery it was found that the average improvement in blood pressure was 63 per cent, in diabetes it was 73 per cent and in harmful blood fats it was 65 per cent.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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