Obesity can be a significant factor in causing and exacerbating a number of different heart conditions, these include:
Narrowing of the arteries causes the heart muscles to receive insufficient oxygen. This comes from the build up of fatty deposits, and if allowed to become worse, it may be the precursor of a heart attack. The main symptom is chest pain.
Much like angina, CVD is caused by fat and LDL cholesterol in the blood vessels. Obesity is a factor, particularly if the sufferer has a diet high in saturated fat. Diabetes is another contributor because it alters the balance of good and bad cholesterol in the blood.
Hardening of the arteries
The causes of this condition are unclear, but a build up of fat and cholesterol in the arteries may well be a factor. Symptoms include muscular pains whilst walking and exercising, and insomnia. Hardening of the arteries can lead to angina, heart attacks and strokes.
If the supply of oxygen to the heart, or part of the heart, is cut off then this causes a heart attack. In many cases a blood clot is responsible, caused by part of the fatty plaque in the arteries breaking off. The symptoms of a heart attack often happen too late for any avoiding action to be taken. However, angina may be a warning signal.
Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart are so badly damaged that they can no longer effectively pump blood around the body. This damage generally occurs because of the build up of fatty plaque in the arteries reducing the oxygen feeding the muscles of the heart.
Weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way towards averting the risks of, or managing the symptoms of, heart conditions.
HOW WEIGHTMATTERS CAN HELP
Our doctor will assess your symptoms, take relevant tests and provide advice on lifestyle changes. Referrals will be made, or medication prescribed, where necessary.
Our dietician will design a heart healthy dietary programme that will assist in weight loss
Our therapists will support you in overcoming any lifestyle or psychological issues that are maintaining your physical symptoms
Our body therapists can offer treatments such as lymphatic drainage that support weight loss and the removal of toxins from the body