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Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Physiology - Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery Is Followed by Lowered Blood Pressure and Increased Diuresis - Long Term Results from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) Study
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Author: Peter Hallersund et al.

by Peter Hallersund, Lars Sjöström, Torsten Olbers, Hans Lönroth, Peter Jacobson, Ville Wallenius, Ingmar Näslund, Lena M. Carlsson, Lars Fändriks

Objective

To compare two bariatric surgical principles with regard to effects on blood pressure and salt intake.

Background

In most patients bariatric surgery induces a sustained weight loss and a reduced cardiovascular risk profile but the long-term effect on blood pressure is uncertain.

Methods

Cohort study with data from the prospective, controlled Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study involving 480 primary health care centres and 25 surgical departments in Sweden. Obese patients treated with non-surgical methods (Controls, n?=?1636 and n?=?1132 at 2 y and 10 y follow up, respectively) were compared to patients treated with gastric bypass (GBP, n?=?245 and n?=?277, respectively) or purely restrictive procedures (vertical banded gastroplasty or gastric banding; VBG/B, n?=?1534 and n?=?1064, respectively).

Results

At long-term follow-up (median 10 y) GBP was associated with lowered systolic (mean: -5.1 mm Hg) and diastolic pressure (-5.6 mmHg) differing significantly from both VBG/B (-1.5 and -2.1 mmHg, respectively; p<0.001) and Controls (+1.2 and -3.8 mmHg, respectively; p<0.01). Diurnal urinary output was +100 ml (P<0.05) and +170 ml (P<0.001) higher in GBP subjects than in weight-loss matched VBG/B subjects at the 2 y and 10 y follow-ups, respectively. Urinary output was linearly associated with blood pressure only after GBP and these patients consumed approximately 1 g salt per day more at the follow-ups than did VBG/B (P<0.01).

Conclusions

The purely restrictive techniques VBG/B exerted a transient blood pressure lowering effect, whereas gastric bypass was associated with a sustained blood pressure reduction and an increased diuresis. The daily salt consumption was higher after gastric bypass than after restrictive bariatric surgery.

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