Obesity Affects Your Heart and Valves-Avoid Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

According to data from a 2010 national study, upwards of 80% of the American overweight by 30 pounds or more. Obesity is defined as carrying 30 pounds over your ideal body weight; if you’re more than 30 pounds overweight, you are morbidly considered obese. Being obese can be difficult for people to accept, but the physical damage caused by carrying those extra pounds is undeniable.

What Causes Obesity?

The most common cause of obesity is over eating. Simply by consuming more calories than your body can use in any given day, you’ll gain weight.

Several factors contribute to America’s obesity problem for adults and children such as, low physical activity, unhealthy eating and food choices, and a sedentary lifestyle. Contrary to common beliefs, hormones rarely cause people to become overweight.

How Does Obesity Impact Your Body

Obesity is a serious chronic problem for your body and vital organs, like your heart. Obesity places you at a higher risk for many serious health problems, including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • High Cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Some Cancers
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory issues, including shortness of breath
  • Plaque buildup in the central veins and major arteries

Most chronic physical issues caused by obesity directly or indirectly affect the heart and all of its structures, including the heart’s valves.

Obesity costs nearly $195 per year in medical costs for obesity-related illnesses. Obesity is not just a problem that adults face, but children also face this dilemma to the tune of nearly $15 billion per year in medical costs.

If obesity causes your heart or any of its structure to fail, you may need a surgical procedure to repair it. In many cases, procedures to replace or repair heart valves are quite straightforward. One such procedure is a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

TAVR and TAVI are innovative procedures, far less invasive than traditional open-heart surgeries. For a TAVR or TAVI procedure, your doctor threads a catheter through an artery to repair the defect with a small collapsible replacement valve. The new replacement valve begins to regulate the blood flow through your heart.

This procedure may be used if you present a high medical risk. The disease of your heart valve is most likely due to stenosis, a narrowing of the inside of the valve. Another name for this condition is symptomatic aortic stenosis. The TAVR/TAVI procedure is slowly taking the place of the standard valve replacement process. Doctors who do this procedure find that patients experience faster healing times and with less risk.

Why a TAVR/TAVI?

This procedure provides to you less health risks and you will appreciate a faster healing time. If you are a high health risk this procedure is right for you. This procedure increases your quality of life even if you are an older senior. If you are inoperable you may be the perfect candidate for this procedure.

  • Less Risk
  • Faster Healing
  • Perfect for High-Risk Patients
  • Increases Quality of Life
  • Perfect for older seniors
  • Inoperable patients

Risk Factors for TAVR or TAVI

If you have any of the following factors you may not be a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedure.

  • Generalized deconditioning
  • Immobility
  • Other valve defects
  • Long hospital stays
  • Fragile health
  • End stage liver disease

TAVR and TAVI and You

You like some other people probably do not relish a bunch of tests, surgical procedures, or even minimally invasive procedures such as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement or transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

Ideally, avoid adding stress to your heart by keeping your weight within an ideal range. Take preventative measures by getting an annual physical, regular exercise, and healthy eating. By working to keep yourself healthy, you can avoid the need for such procedures, and improve your recovery in the event that you need a TAVR/TAVI procedure.