WHAT DOES AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST KNOW ABOUT HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, AND OBESITY?

I am an anesthesiologist.  For years, I cared for very ill patients with heart and vascular disease.  Patients whose blood vessels were damaged by smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  I did clinical research in vascular surgery patients, and have also published research on the implications of obesity in elderly patients. I have lectured widely on the anesthetic management of vascular and obese patients.

However, as I gained weight, I placed myself at risk of heart and blood vessel disease.  I had abnormal heart rhythms, a possible small heart attack, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and prediabetes.  My own uncle (also a physician) told me he didn’t expect me to live much longer.  My weight loss journey was as much about a desire to live as it was about wanting to look better.

Knowledge is helpful, but is not sufficient for weight loss; a commitment to lifestyle change is key!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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