Weight Loss

Phoenix Heart -  - Cardiologist

Phoenix Heart

Cardiologists located throughout Greater Phoenix, AZ

Losing even 5% of your body weight can significantly improve your cardiac health and decrease your risks for stroke and heart attack. The medical team at Phoenix Heart offers support for healthy weight loss, helping you make lifestyle choices that improve your heart and overall health. For weight loss support, call or book an appointment online with a Phoenix Heart office in Glendale, Goodyear, Anthem, Buckeye, or Black Canyon City, Arizona.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a significant problem in the United States. Recent studies show that 66% of American adults are overweight, and 32% of these are considered obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) over 30.

A healthy BMI is based on recommendations for a healthy weight range, using your height.  While BMI isn’t the only factor in determining if you’re in a healthy weight range, it can help identify when your weight is causing you to be at higher risk of serious health conditions.

How can Being Overweight or Obese Increase Health Risks?

Being overweight or obese is a leading risk factor for many serious health conditions, including:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Joint and bone problems
  • Respiratory problems, such as sleep apnea and COPD
  • Metabolic problems, including thyroid disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Infertility
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stroke

 

Carrying extra weight also significantly increases your risk for heart-related conditions, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Heart attack
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clots
  • Arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation

 

Obesity is a reversible condition that can profoundly affect your overall health and wellness. With a healthy weight loss plan, you can lower your risks for many health conditions that have serious, long-term complications.

How Can Weight Loss Improve Heart Health?

While weight loss can be difficult, especially if you’re significantly overweight, even a 5%-10% decrease in your overall weight can have positive effects on your health.

With a 10% decrease in your body mass, you can help your heart health by improving circulation and lowering:

  • The overall workload on your heart
  • Your blood pressure
  • Your risk of blood clots and stroke
  • Fat buildup in your arteries and veins

 

As you get closer to your ideal weight, you increase the potential benefits of having a healthier lifestyle. One of the best things you can do for your heart health is committed to healthy weight loss.

The team at Phoenix Heart is committed to helping create a plan for weight loss that works for you. For your own personalized weight loss plan, call today or book an appointment online.