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.
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