Safety of Bariatric Surgery in Obese Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Daokun Sun, Hartzell V. Schaff, Travis J. McKenzie, Rick A. Nishimura, Jeffrey B. Geske, Joseph A. Dearani, Steve R. Ommen

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Obesity is an independent risk factor for heart failure in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). In this study, we examined national trends and early outcomes of bariatric surgery for obesity in patients with HC. Using the weighted discharge data from the National Inpatient Sample, we identified adult patients with HC who underwent elective bariatric surgery for obesity between 2011 and 2017. A total of 443 obese patients with HC were identified, and 42% (n = 185) had obstructive HC. The annual number of patients increased from 18 in 2011 to 130 in 2017. Overall, the median (interquartile range) age was 50 (43 to 57) years, and 85 patients (19%) were 60 years or older. Approximately 20% (n = 90) of the patients had heart failure at the time of operation. Atrial fibrillation was present in 83 patients (19%), and 22% (n = 95) of the cohort had a pacemaker or automatic cardiac defibrillator implanted before the operation. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (72%, n = 318) and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (25%, n = 110) were the most commonly performed bariatric procedures. Overall, patients stayed in the hospital for a median (interquartile range) of 2 (1 to 2) days. During the hospital stay, there were no deaths, myocardial infarctions, or documented episodes of thromboembolism. In conclusion, bariatric surgery in patients with HC is performed more frequently in recent years and is safe and associated with few perioperative complications. Because of the impact of obesity on long-term survival, clinicians should strongly consider bariatric surgery for obese HC patients who do not respond to conservative weight loss measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Mar 15 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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