Monday, 05 Jan, 2009 Health & Fitness

Patients Undergoing Liposuction Could Be at Risk of Developing Heart Disease


According to American scientists, liposuction may have a negative influence on heart. According to Dr. Amit Khera, who currently manages the University of Texas Southwestern program in preventive cardiology, the belly fat represents the most common factor to lead to heart disease.

Lowering the risk of developing heart disease depends on how a person gets rid of the fat, researcher mentions. For instance, regular exercises and diet may certainly reduce excessive waist and lower the risk of heart disease, says Dr Khera. She also mentions that gastric bypass (a surgery, during which doctors make the stomach of a patient smaller, making it possible for the food to bypass part of the small intestine) represents a good way of lowering weight and the risk of heart disease as well, reports United Press International.

"Fat reduction by liposuction does not seem to reduce a protein in the blood called C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation and heart disease risk," she said.

This could be due to the fact that liposuction targets the subcutaneous fat (fat found under the skin as opposed to visceral fat located in the peritoneal cavity), but it doesn't lower the amount of visceral fat that bounds that intestines and abdominal structures, which is directly linked to risks for heart disease, the researcher says.

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