Blood-sugar control important post-surgery

July 14, 2008 2:48:04 PM PDT
Blood-sugar control after heart surgery could be a matter of life or death even if you're not a diabetic. A new study finds that poor blood-sugar control in post-heart surgery patients is linked to a fourfold increase in death and major complications such as a heart attack, neurological, kidney, lung and gastrointestinal injury.

Scientists reporting in the journal Circulation say, while it's been known blood-sugar levels have an important impact on the outcome of patients suffering a heart attack, this study shows for the first time the same may also be true for patients undergoing heart surgery.