Get started Go to the profile of Dr. Mohit Bhandari Dr. Mohit Bhandari Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon in India, performed 7000+ bariatric surgeries and 500+ robotic surgeries. http://www.indiaobesity.in/about-us/dr-mohit-bhandari/ Nov 14 Bariatric Surgery may reduce the need for high BP medications in patients Bariatric surgery may reduce or eliminate the need for high blood pressure medications in patients with obesity, often within one month, according to the GATEWAY* Study, the first randomized clinical trial that compared gastric bypass plus medical therapy to medical therapy alone for the treatment of hypertension. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 and published simultaneously in the journal Circulation. This investigator-initiated study was funded with a grant from Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. percent of their body weight, compared to weight loss of less than 1 percent for the medical therapy alone group. An improvement in lipid profile and inflammatory markers and reduced cardiovascular risk was also achieved in the surgery group. After a year, a third (33%) of patients normalized their blood pressure to less than 120 mm Hg, and 69 percent of them did so without medication. A little more than a quarter (26%) of the medical therapy alone group achieved normalized blood pressure with an average of 2.8 medications per patient. “This study suggests that cardiologists treating obese patients with hypertension, mainly those with severe obesity and using more than two drugs, can consider referring these patients for bariatric surgery, which is consistent with the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and The Obesity Society Clinical Practice Guidelines,” said lead study investigator Carlos Aurelio Schiavon, MD, a bariatric surgeon. “Fewer or no medications means better compliance and weight loss with an improved metabolic and inflammatory profile combine to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events for these patients.” In the study, researchers followed 100 patients aged 18 to 65 with hypertension and a body mass index (BMI) ranging from 30 to 39.9 kg/m2 who were being treated with at least two antihypertensive medications at maximum doses or more than two drugs at moderate doses. Patients were randomly assigned to have either gastric bypass surgery along with medical therapy or to continue with their current antihypertension regime. Patients were followed for one year and are scheduled to be followed for up to five years. Obesity and hypertension are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke. When someone has both risk factors, the risk for cardiovascular mortality doubles. Additionally, the prevalence of hypertension, which affects more than 85 million Americans, increases with an individual’s BMI. Ethicon is engaged in a multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort to combat obesity through the development of products and services that optimize patient outcomes and groundbreaking research that demonstrates the impact of bariatric surgery on obesity and related diseases including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Facts about Obesity and Bariatric Surgery According to American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), qualifications for bariatric surgery include: BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight. BMI ≥35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities The worldwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight in 2016. Of this group, more than 600 million have obesity. In the United States, more than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or have obesity, and about 1 in 13 are considered to have extreme obesity. Data suggests bariatric surgery has the greatest weight loss results of any treatment options for those with severe obesity, yet only 1 percent of the 26 million surgically-eligible patients in the U.S. have surgery each year. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and contributes to more than 40 other diseases, including high cholesterol, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and arthritis.