Effect of obesity on early morbidity and mortality following cardiac surgery.
Cheng-Hon Yap, Adam Zimmet, Morteza Mohajeri, Michael Yii
Heart Lung Circ | Published : 2007
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity in most developed nations, including Australia, continues to rise and represent an increasing public health concern. Obesity has been considered a major risk factor in patients undergoing cardiac and other major surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed prospectively collected data of consecutive patients undergoing cardiac surgery between June 2001 and February 2006 at two Australian public hospitals. Patients were divided into three groups by body mass index (BMI): non-obese (BMI 20-30), obese (BMI>30-40) and morbidly obese (BMI>40). Associations between early mortality and morbidity and obesity were assessed by univariate and multivariate methods...View full abstract