December 7, 2017

Postop outcomes in OSA patients having cardiac surgery

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an important risk factor for postoperative complications in cardiac surgery patients, finds this meta-analysis led by Frances Chung, MD, a noted expert on OSA.

After cardiac surgery, major adverse cardiac or cerebrovascular events and newly documented postoperative atrial fibrillation were 33.3% and 18.1% higher odds in OSA patients versus non-OSA patients, respectively.

Further research on optimal perioperative management of cardiac surgical patients at high risk for OSA is needed, the researchers note.

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