Hypertension: Treating High Blood Pressure with Weight-Loss Surgery

Hearing about all of the ways obesity negatively affects the body feels like it could cause anyone’s blood pressure to spike. In fact, that’s because it’s not far off. Obesity and overweight can greatly increase a person’s risk for developing high blood pressure.

With 75 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure and 160 million U.S. citizens affected by obesity or overweight, it is more important than ever to learn about this condition and how to manage it, especially through bariatric procedures.

What is High Blood Pressure?

Otherwise known as hypertension, high blood pressure is when the force of blood pressing against blood vessel walls is higher than it should be.

When it comes to measuring blood pressure, medical professionals look at two numbers:

  • Systolic: The pressure in your arteries when your heart is actively beating; the higher number.
  • Diastolic: The pressure in your arteries in between heartbeats; the lower number.

Normal blood pressure is any set of numbers lower than 120/80 mm Hg. A person is considered to have hypertension when their levels reach 130/90 mm Hg with the degree worsening with increased pressure. A person is considered to be in hypertensive crisis if their blood pressure is higher than 180/120 mm Hg, and should consult their doctor immediately.

A variety of factors can affect the likelihood of developing hypertension:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and overweight
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history
  • Age
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnea

The Dangers of Hypertension

Although high blood pressure is increasingly common, it can have dramatic, seemingly sudden effects on our health and wellness. If left unchecked, it can damage arteries, the heart, eyes, kidneys, and brain, potentially leading to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and even death.

This is such a dangerous condition because it works quietly. Nearly 20% of Americans with hypertension don’t even know they have it. This condition rarely displays symptoms and even when it does, it can be after it has harmed the body for years.

It’s more important than ever to take precautions to limit and reduce the effects of high blood pressure. This includes checking blood pressure regularly, living a healthy life, and learning more about the condition.

Obesity and High Blood Pressure

According to the Framingham Heart Study, excess body weight (obesity and overweight) accounts for over 25% of cases of high blood pressure in both men and women. Obesity alters the body’s hormone levels, including those that control blood flow in the heart. Without regulation, the body pumps too much blood, leading to increased pressure in the arteries.

As people gain more weight, the body’s hormones become even less able to control pressure levels, increasing the severity of hypertension.

How to Mitigate Hypertension

A variety of factors can contribute to one’s development of high blood pressure. However, the good news is that we have several options to help reduce its effects on us. Some conditional bits of advice include stopping smoking and reducing stress in our daily lives. However, these factors are not universal.

More commonly, we can help decrease risk by reducing our sodium intake, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining an exercise routine. A lot of these factors are key in helping people lose weight and live generally healthier lives. No matter how we need to improve our lives to reduce high blood pressure risk, having a support group to look out for us is always a benefit.

And with bariatric surgery, you can achieve the weight loss and support that you need to live a healthy, happy life.

Weight-Loss Surgery and High Blood Pressure

Weight-loss surgery is the #1 solution for overcoming obesity and keeping weight off long-term! Procedures like the gastric sleeve have been proven to help patients lose anywhere between 50 and 70% of their excess weight.

Not only do these procedures reduce what the stomach can contain, NYBG provides our patients with the tools they need to develop life-long healthy habits. By changing the way people view food, we help them overcome their previous lifestyles and create ones that can be sustained long term.

With the tools in place, our patients achieve an unparalleled level of success. Along with the weight, their health conditions tend to disappear. By reducing fat levels, the body is able to regulate its hormones correctly, thus decreasing its effects on blood pressure.

In addition to hypertension, other weight-related conditions bariatric surgery overcomes includes:

COME TO NYBG.

When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the most advanced practice offering the most up-to-date procedures and our numbers prove it:

  • 13 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics
  • 15,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • 24/7 access to online seminars
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast 18 years of success!

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today.

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Hypertension: Treating High Blood Pressure with Weight-Loss Surgery

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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