THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Obese heart surgery patients spend more time in intensive care and take longer to recover than those who aren’t obese, a new Canadian study finds.

Researchers examined data from nearly 5,400 patients who had heart surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Center between January 2006 and December 2013. Of those, 36 percent were obese.

After heart surgery, obese patients were four times more likely to need extra time in the ICU; three times more likely to need extra time on mechanical ventilation; and three times more likely to be readmitted to the ICU, the study showed. More…