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Gastric Bypass Could Improve Heart Function In the Severely Obese

by Catharine Paddock, PhD ,  Medical News Today | 2011-02-07

Weight loss resulting from gastric bypass surgery could improve heart function in people with severe obesity, according to two-year findings from the Utah Obesity Study, published this week.

You can read about the study, by Dr Dr Theophilus Owan of the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and colleagues, online in the 8 February issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Owan and colleagues wrote in their background information that while gastric bypass surgery, a type of procedure that leaves the functional part of the stomach much smaller, is increasingly being used to help severely obese people lose weight, there has been little research on other effects, such as risk factors for heart disease.

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