Obesity is a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular events, but accumulating data suggest that patients can remodel their hearts and improve health outcomes by losing weight.
- The majority of the Australian population is overweight or obese.
- The impact of obesity on cardiovascular (CV) risk is multifactorial and self-amplifying.
- Morbidly obese patients with coronary syndromes are prone to increased procedural complications and poorer outcomes than patients of normal weight.
- Doctors are strongly advised to inform their patients who are obese of their elevated CV risk profile and mortality.
- Data increasingly suggest that patients can remodel their hearts and health outcomes by losing weight.
- Accumulating evidence from prospective trials has shown that various forms of bariatric surgery may have positive impacts on CV endpoints.
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