The impact of body mass index on short- and long-term outcomes inpatients undergoing coronary revascularization. Insights from the bypass angioplasty revascularization investigation (BARI)

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002 Mar 6;39(5):834-40. doi: 10.1016/s0735-1097(02)01687-x.


Objectives: We sought to investigate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on short- and long-term outcomes after initial revascularization with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).

Background: Equivocal results exist on the impact of BMI on the risk of in-hospital complications after PTCA or CABG, and no long-term mortality data exist from a large series of revascularized patients.

Methods: From the randomized series and observational registry of the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI), 2,108 patients who had PTCA and 1,526 patients who had CABG were evaluated by taking their BMI at study entry. They were classified as follows: low (< 20 kg/m(2)), normal (20 to 24.9 kg/m(2)), overweight (25 to 29.9 kg/m(2)), class I obese (30 to 34.9 kg/m(2)) and class II/III obese (greater-than-or-equal 35 kg/m(2)). In-hospital complications and short- and long-term mortalities were compared between levels of BMI within each mode of initial revascularization.

Results: Among patients who had PTCA, each unit increase in BMI was associated with a 5.5% lower adjusted risk of a major in-hospital event (death, myocardial infarction, stroke, coma); among patients who had CABG, no difference in the in-hospital outcome was observed according to BMI. In contrast, BMI was not associated with five-year mortality in the PTCA group; among the CABG group, adjusted relative risks of five-year cardiac mortality according to levels of BMI were 0.0 (low), 1.0 (normal), 2.02 (overweight), 3.16 (class I obese) and 4.85 (class II/III obese) (linear p < 0.001).

Conclusions: Body mass index appears to have a differential impact on short- and long-term outcomes after coronary revascularization. These results underscore the need for further research to identify factors responsible for the apparent short-term protective effect of a higher BMI in patients undergoing PTCA and to study the impact of weight reduction on the long-term survival of obese patients undergoing CABG.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary / adverse effects*
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Coronary Artery Bypass / adverse effects*
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / mortality*
  • Myocardial Ischemia / therapy*
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Survival Rate
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome