Since May is American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month, it’s only fitting that we take a closer look. As Dr. Shillingford focuses much of his practice on performing gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery (which requires patients to be obese or overweight), his patients are at a higher risk of heart issues, including high blood pressure and stroke.
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Despite equal rates of obesity among American men and women, 80% of surgical weight loss patients are women while only 20% are male. Researchers at University of California in San Diego investigated the cultural, demographic, and socioeconomic reasons for such a large disparity between the sexes undergoing bariatric surgeries. Researchers looked at data from nearly