Excessive Blood Tests Could Raise Heart Surgery Morbidity

March 3, 2015 1:15 AM

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MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The high number of blood tests done before and after heart surgery can sometimes lead to excessive blood loss, possibly causing anemia and the need for a blood transfusion, new research suggests. Results of the study were published in the March issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

The study included 1,894 patients who had heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic between January 2012 and June 2012. From the time they first met their heart surgeons until they left the hospital, the patients collectively had 221,498 blood tests. That works out to 116 tests per patient, according to...

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