Bariatric Surgery Eyed for Expansion in Diabetes, HF (with video)
in the year or two after gastric bypass or other bariatric procedures compared with medical therapy alone, achieving diabetes remission off medication in many cases.
There's an implication for heart failure patients, too, Jessup said in an interview with MedPage Today Senior Staff Writer Crystal Phend.
"The obese heart failure patient, especially with a BMI [body mass index] over 30, is often not a candidate for heart transplant, they're not a candidate for the left ventricular assist device we've been talking about at this meeting, and so they may be the patient that ideally should have bariatric surgery," she noted.
The risks, long-term outcomes, and management after bariatric surgery need to be better defined in diabetes and other higher-risk populations, Jessup concluded.
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