Heart Disease Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

Overweight increases your risk for heart disease, which includes hardened arteries, abnormal heart rhythms, and a thickened heart wall that inhibits the heart’s ability to pump blood. Losing weight can help prevent or reverse all of these problems. The team at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas specializes in supporting each person’s weight loss goals, providing individualized diet plans, medications, and weight loss surgery. If you need to lose weight, call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.

Heart Disease Q & A

 

What is the relationship between being overweight and heart disease?

Being overweight increases blood volume and blood pressure. Hypertension alone increases your risk for coronary artery disease, but the two conditions combined place so much strain on your heart that it may enlarge, and its ability to pump blood may be affected.

People who are overweight often have type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. Both of these conditions are risk factors for heart disease.

Where you carry weight also makes a difference. Any abdominal fat surrounding the liver and other organs is metabolically active: It releases fatty acids, inflammatory chemicals, and hormones that raise blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How does weight loss alleviate heart disease?

As you lose weight, you begin to reverse the negative effects, improving heart function and lowering blood pressure. Maintaining a 3-5% loss of your total body weight makes a difference, and losing 10% of your body weight may improve your heart’s pumping ability.

The experts at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas get to know you and your weight loss goals, then develop a comprehensive weight loss plan so that you can prevent or alleviate heart disease.

With a registered dietitian on staff, you have access to a professional who knows how to create a diet plan that works for your lifestyle, and who can help you gain insight into your eating behavior and the issues that may trigger overeating.

Is bariatric surgery an option?

Yes, bariatric surgery is a vital option -- one that may cut your long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease.

If you have heart disease, you can still qualify for minimally-invasive bariatric surgery, but you may need to get medical clearance from your cardiologist. People with atrial fibrillation, or who have had stents, bypass surgery, or heart valve replacement usually do well with weight loss surgery.

Bariatric surgery improves many problems related to heart disease including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lipid problems
  • Heart enlargement
  • Coronary artery disease

What types of weight loss surgeries are available?

The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas perform the following minimally-invasive bariatric surgeries:

  • Duodenal switch: reduces stomach size so you eat less and bypasses a significant part of the small intestine to reduce calorie absorption
  • Gastric bypass: reduces stomach size and bypasses a smaller segment of the small intestine
  • Gastric sleeve bypass (sleeve gastrectomy): reduces stomach size and lowers the amount of hormones that make you hungry