Objective To investigate the relationship of body mass index (BMI) with total mortality, cardiovascular (CV) mortality, and myocardial infarction (MI) after coronary revascularization procedures (coronary artery bypass grafting [CABG] and percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI]). Patients and Methods Systematic search of studies was conducted using PubMed, CINAHL, Cochran CENTRAL, Scopus, and the Web of Science databases. We identified studies reporting the rate of MI, CV mortality, and total mortality among coronary artery disease patients' postcoronary revascularization procedures in various BMI categories: less than 20 (underweight), 20-24.9 (normal reference), 25-29.9 (overweight), 30-34.9 (obese), and 35 or more (severely obese). Event rates were compared using a random effects model assuming interstudy heterogeneity. Results A total of 36 studies (12 CABG; 26 PCI) were selected for final analyses. The risk of total mortality (relative risk [RR], 2.59; 95% CI, 2.09-3.21), CV mortality (RR, 2.67; 95% CI, 1.63-4.39), and MI (RR, 1.79; 95% CI, 1.28-2.50) was highest among patients with low BMI at the end of a mean follow-up period of 1.7 years. The risk of CV mortality was lowest among overweight patients (RR, 0.81; 95% CI, 0.68-0.95). Increasing degree of adiposity as assessed by BMI had a neutral effect on the risk of MI for overweight (RR, 0.92; 95% CI, 0.84-1.01), obese (RR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.85-1.15), and severely obese (RR, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.78-1.11) patients. Conclusion After coronary artery disease revascularization procedures (PCI and CABG), the risk of total mortality, CV mortality, and MI was highest among underweight patients as defined by low BMI and CV mortality was lowest among overweight patients.
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