Bariatric surgery halves heart attack risk
Bariatric surgery is a procedure carried out on people who are obese. An example of this is the insertion of a gastric lap band
The research showed that death rates among obese people who had undergone weight loss surgery fell by 40%, while the risk of suffering a heart attack was halved, compared to those who did not have surgery.
Commenting on the findings, the study’s lead author, Dr Yoon Loke, of the University of East Anglia, pointed out that obesity ‘is a worldwide problem with significant consequences on individuals and society’.