Nutritional Screening and Assessment Tools for Cardiac Surgery and ICU

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Malnutrition is one of the consequences of congestive heart failure and cardiac cachexia. It is a well-known unfavorable prognostic factor associated with increased mortality and a complicated postoperative course in cardiac surgery. The details of the development of cardiac cachexia determine the specific approach for nutritional care of such patients, including nutritional screening and assessment. There is no universally accepted approach to nutritional screening in cardiac surgery. However, existing evidence indicates that the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool is the most appropriate. The components of the nutritional assessment of cardiac patients do differ significantly from those for other patient cohorts. Any dietary assessment method as well as anthropometric and laboratory data can be used for the nutritional assessment of cardiac patients. However, interpreting any single objective parameter is often challenging and must be supplemented with other criteria. Therefore, the nutritional assessment of cardiac patients has multiple components and should be performed in combination with the analysis of systemic inflammation.


Nutritional screening Nutritional assessment Cardiac surgery Heart failure Malnutrition 

List of Abbreviations


American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition


Body mass index


Chronic heart failure


Congestive heart failure


Cardiopulmonary bypass


Cardiac Surgery-Specific Malnutrition Screening Tool


Cardiac Surgery-Specific Undernutrition Screening Tool


Intensive care unit


Left ventricular ejection fraction


Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool


Nutritional Risk Index 2002


Subjective Global Assessment


Short Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire


Total lymphocyte count


Tumor necrosis factor alpha


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive careResearch Institute of Circulation PathologyNovosibirskRussian Federation

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