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Study: Obese Heart Patients Require More ICU Resources
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10 Aug 2017 03:04 PM EST

A new study out of Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick in Canada suggests obese heart surgery patients need significantly more intensive care unit resources compared to patients with healthy weights. "Obesity is a growing problem for society that has reached epidemic proportions," says Brandon R. Rosvall, who was part of the research team. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of American adults are obese and the estimated annual medical cost was $147 billion in 2008. The study not only found that obese heart surgery patients required additional ICU services but that they had a longer recovery resulting in higher costs and more labor-intensive care than non-obese patients.

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