2005-02-10 / Medical

Weight Loss Surgery Mostly Effective In Addressing Heart Disease: AHA

With heart disease regarded as one of the most significant co-morbidities of obesity, the Centers for Obesity Related Illness (CORI) urge people who are morbidly obese to follow recommendations of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism in its most recent scientific statement, endorsed by the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

Surgery, which ‘is the most effective therapy available for people who are extremely obese,’ should be considered for those with a BMI of 35 or higher who are unable to lose weight with conventional therapy and have no contraindications for surgery (Circulation, October 25, 2004).

“High blood pressure, the number one risk factor for congestive heart failure and a major cause of heart attack and stroke, will be significantly impacted by surgical weight loss and ongoing weight management,” says Michael P. Schuhknecht, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., physician co-founder of CORI and bariatric surgeon at The New Parkway Hospital.

“When we look at the range of cardiac conditions related to morbid obesity that can be avoided, improved or eliminated, there is strong evidence of the success of surgical intervention for those with medical indications.”

The AHA annual report, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2005 Update, which compiled data from 2002 or for the most recent year statistics were available, estimates that the direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease is $393 billion. A majority of these costs come from coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary heart disease.

“There is a human toll and a financial toll that result from obesity related co-morbidities, and CORI is confident that its track record of successful surgical outcomes and long-term weight control can reduce this double burden,” says Dr. Schuhknecht.

During National Heart Month, CORI will continue to sponsor free health and info sessions in conjunction with The New Parkway Hospital. Call 800-578-CORI (2674) or visit www.WeightLossSurgery.com for program dates and locations.

About CORI

CORI Centers are operated by MSO Medical, Inc. with its corporate office located in Bannockburn, Illinois (Chicago suburb). MSO Medical contracts with acute care hospitals to establish Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence under the brand name CORI (Centers for Obesity Related Illness). CORI has established centers in Illinois, Michigan,

New York and Florida. For more information, call 800-578-CORI (2674) or visit www.Weight

LossSurgery.com.

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