Impact of body mass index and albumin on morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery.

@article{Engelman1999ImpactOB,
  title={Impact of body mass index and albumin on morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery.},
  author={Daniel T. Engelman and David H Adams and John G. Byrne and Sary F. Aranki and James J. Collins and Gregory S. Couper and Elizabeth N. Allred and Lawrence H. Cohn and Robert J. Rizzo},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={1999},
  volume={118 5},
  pages={
          866-73
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Extremely thin and overly obese patients may not tolerate cardiac surgery as well as other patients. A retrospective study was conducted to determine whether the extremes of body mass index (weight/height(2) [kg/m(2)]) and/or cachexia increased the morbidity and mortality associated with cardiac operations. METHODS Body mass index was used to objectively measure "thinness" (body mass index < 20) and "heaviness" (body mass index > 30); preoperative serum albumin was used to quantify… CONTINUE READING

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