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Losing weight can reduce risk of death, ventilator use in lung transplant patients

Obesity is a complicating factor for many surgical patients. In a recent study, researchers have shown that losing weight can have a positive impact on outcomes for lung transplant patients.
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Leptin is secreted by adipocytes, induces satiety via central mechanisms, and stimulates lipolysis and fatty acid utilization. Cardiac cachexia has been associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF), and the role of leptin is poorly understood. We hypothesized that patients in chronic HF with low leptin levels would have worse outcomes and that leptin would modify the relationship of body mass index (BMI) with HF progression.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
The obesity paradox in heart failure indicates that overweight and obese patients have better survival compared to those with normal BMI. However, little is known about the impact of BMI in patients supported by CF-LVAD.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Device infections still remains a frequent complication after continuous flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) implantation. Although obesity has been demonstrated to be a significant risk factor for mortality in patients undergoing heart transplantation, there is a paucity of data on the effect of obesity on outcomes in patients undergoing CF-LVAD implantation. The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of obesity on outcomes after CF-LVAD implantation.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Donor body-mass index (BMI) has been increasing over time, although donor BMI remains lower on average than heart transplant recipient BMI. There is limited data regarding the use of allograft hearts from donors with obesity. Our purpose was to assess the outcome of performing heart transplantation from donors with BMI> 35 kg/m2.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Bariatric surgery is a well documented surgical procedure for achieving substantial weight loss in morbidly obese patients. However, there is a paucity of data examining its safety and efficacy in patients with continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) as a mechanism to achieve adequate weight loss for purposes of being considered for heart transplantation.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
High body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk of acute cellular rejection (ACR) in renal and cardiac transplant recipients. Despite advances in immunosuppressive therapies, ACR continues to occur in more than a third of recipients in the first year post lung transplant (LTx). Although there is data on the association between primary graft dysfunction and obesity in LTx, the effect of BMI on the incidence of ACR has not been examined.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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