Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Overweight patients have more complications after heart surgery

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A recent Australian study found that heart patients who are overweight are more likely to have complications following heart surgery than patients who are at a healthy weight.

The study found that heart patients who were obese were 40% more likely to suffer infected wounds and renal failure post-surgery. Patients who were morbidly obese were more likely to have prolonged venilation, longer stays, and return visits to the ICU. The good news is that, though these statistics seem bad, patients who were overweight were no more likely to die after surgery than their thinner counterparts.

Keep fit to protect your heart to avoid the operating table in the first place, but also so that in the event you do need heart surgery, your body is better able to bounce back and avoid complications like these!

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