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October 16, 2018

You’re More Likely to Survive Heart Surgery If You’re Overweight

A lot of people who end up needing heart surgery are overweight.  And according to a new study, that might actually be a GOOD thing . . .

Researchers in England looked at the records of 400,000 people who had heart surgery between 2002 and 2013.  And they found you’re MORE likely to survive it if you’re overweight or obese.

4.4% of people who were at a “healthy” weight didn’t survive their surgery, compared to just 2.8% of patients who were overweight, and 2.7% of patients who were obese.

The researchers compensated for things like age and pre-existing conditions, so they’re still not sure WHY overweight people were more likely to survive the surgery.

But it’s good news, because a lot of patients get DENIED surgery, because their doctors think being overweight might lower their survival chances.  And this study shows the opposite is true.

With that said, don’t start bulking up for heart surgery in 20 years by eating Arby’s every day.  Exercising and eating healthy still give you the best chance of AVOIDING heart problems down the road.

 

 

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