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Table 1 Preoperative characteristics

From: Feasibility of primary sternal plating for morbidly obese patients after cardiac surgery

  Sternal plate
(n = 8)
No sternal plate
(n = 14)
P value
Age (y) 64 ± 5 61 ± 6 0.23
Gender (male) 8 (100.0) 14 (100.0) 1.00
Body mass index (kg/m2) 40.6 ± 4.2 38.6 ± 2.8 0.25
Diabetes mellitus 6 (75.0) 8 (57.1) 0.40
Peripheral vascular disease 0 (0) 1 (7.1) 0.44
Hypertension 8 (100.0) 14 (100.0) 1.00
Cerebral vascular disease 1 (12.5) 3 (21.4) 0.60
COPD 4 (50.0) 2 (14.3) 0.88
Current smoker 2 (25.0) 2 (14.3) 0.07
Creatinine level (mg/dL) 1.2 ± 0.2 1.1 ± 0.2 0.45
Albumin level (g/dL) 3.8 ± 0.4 3.6 ± 0.2 0.32
Ejection fraction (%) 50 ± 10 51 ± 8 0.79
  1. Data presented as mean ± standard deviation or absolute number (percentage). COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease