Obesity, a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, does not appear to be a significant risk factor for increased 30-day mortality following bypass surgery, researchers reported here.
Overweight and obese patients were no more likely to die within 30 days of surgery than normal weight patients, Bogoljub Mihajlovic, MD, told MedPage Today. "Obese patients tend to come to surgery at a younger age and that may be why obesity appears to offer some protection."
Mihajlovic, a surgeon at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia, and colleagues, analyzed outcomes from a series of 791 patients who underwent isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in 2010. They reported their findings in a poster presentation at EuroPRevent 2012.