Low vit D common in heart surgery

Doctors are failing to identify low vitamin D levels in cardiac surgery patients, potentially endangering lives, according to Melbourne-based research.

The study looked at the prevalence of low vitamin D in elective cardiothoracic patients at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, comparing the results to matched controls.

Two-thirds of those undergoing elective cardiothoracic surgery had serum vitamin D levels below 60 nmol/L, data from 80 consecutive patients showed.

This placed them at a greater