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March 22, 2006

New Study finds Gastric Bypass to help your Heart

Healthy_heart Well, this might sound logic, but at least there is a trusty health institution that confirms what we already know.

A new study shows stomach stapling surgery may reduce one’s risk of heart disease.

Mayo Clinic researchers were surprised by the findings.

The estimated 10-year risk for death or cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack, in the surgical group decreased from 37 percent to 18 percent as a result of the study but remained the same for the control group which didn’t get surgery.

Those who underwent bariatric surgery had a more significant improvement in body weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and fasting sugar levels, despite a reduction in medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The researchers estimated that for every 100 patients, the surgery likely would prevent 16 cardiovascular events and four overall deaths, as compared with the control group.

This is also the first study estimating the risk reduction for death or heart complications.

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