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Researchers have discovered that conducting heart surgeries in the afternoon may lower the risk of post-surgery complications.
The new study, published in the online journal Lancet, showed that the body clock might affect the recovery speed of those who underwent heart surgery. Body clock is the humans’ natural way to determine when the body is ready to eat, sleep, and if it is prepared to recover from an operation.
According to the researchers, the human heart has a higher chance to recuperate in the afternoon and people who have heart surgeries in the morning are more prone to heart damage. Hence, the researchers suggested that heart surgeries be moved in the afternoon.
The researchers discovered this finding after studying the medical records of almost 600 heart surgery patients from 2009 to 2015. They found that nearly 60 morning patients experienced post-surgery complications like heart attack, heart failure, and even death. Meanwhile, only approximately 30 afternoon patients experienced such adverse events.
The researchers also tested heart tissue samples of morning and afternoon surgery patients in January 2016. The result showed that the majority of the afternoon patients had faster heart recovery. However, the researchers stressed that they still need to take a long hard look at the study before they sanction the findings.
While the findings are still hypothetical, there are other ways to ensure fast recovery after surgery. It is recommended to do breathing exercises before and after surgery to help body parts function properly. A recovering patient can also eat food that can help wounds heal faster, like eggs, almonds, walnuts, and chicken. Lastly, simple exercises like walking can also speed up a patient’s recovery.