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Why having surgery later in the day might be better for your health

Researchers looked at the way circadian rhythm — the body’s internal clock — affects the outcomes of a patient recovering from a complex heart procedure.

The time of day of your surgery could have long-term impacts on your health. That’s according to researchers who looked at the way circadian rhythm — the body’s internal clock — affects the outcomes of a patient recovering from a complex heart procedure.

Patients who underwent open-heart surgery in the afternoon experienced better health outcomes compared to those who got operated on in the morning, study authors found after six years of observing nearly 600 patients who underwent heart valve replacement. In

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