Gender Differences Are Reflected in Cost of Heart Surgery

Gender Differences Are Reflected in Cost of Heart Surgery

Verna L. Rose

(Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists) Results of a study of 550 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in 1997 indicate that the cost of undergoing CABG is 20 percent higher in women than in men. The amount of time that women spent on mechanical ventilation following surgery in the study was 19.8 hours versus 12.9 hours for the men. Time spent in the hospital following surgery was 7.3 days for women and 5.7 days for the men. There were no significant differences between the male and female subjects in the severity of coronary disease before surgery. The investigators are conducting more research to determine why this difference in cost exists.-manual l. fontes, m.d., et al., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

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