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These patients are 4 times more likely to die 30 days after cardiac surgery

What’s considered optimum shape for people who are about to undergo cardiac surgery?

Mortality in patients who had undergone heart bypass surgery was over four times higher in individuals with a high body fat mass, according to new research conducted by Dr. Xavier Leroy of the Department of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation, CHU Lille, Lille, France and his colleagues.

Certain factors, including fat mass and lean body weight, may complicate cardiac surgery, the study found. Lean body weight is a person’s body weight minus fat, which can be roughly calculated by measuring their height, weight, girth and gender.

The team performed a retrospective study of 3,373 patients who had undergone elective cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass from January 2013 until December 2016.

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