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Infection risks for heart patients

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(CNN)--Pneumonia is the most common infection for patients who undergo heart.

  A surgery doctor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found most infections set in sooner than initially thought. Most happen two weeks after surgery -- a week later than experts thought.

  The study also found that 42-percent of the major infections occurred after patients left the hospital.

Researchers found several risk factors could increase a patient's risk for infection, including congestive heart failure, hypertension and chronic lung disease.

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