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Benefits of cardiac surgery in octogenarians--a postoperative quality of life assessment.
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PMID:  17369044     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of postoperative quality of life in patients over 80 years after cardiac surgery including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined procedures. METHODS: Quality of life of n=136 patients over 80 years at operation (82.3+/-2.1 years), undergoing isolated CABG in 61 patients (45%), isolated AVR in 34 patients (25%) and a combination of CABG and AVR in 41 patients (30%) between January 1999 and December 2003 was reviewed. Preoperatively 66.2% presented in NYHA-class III/IV or CCS-class III/IV. Mean ejection fraction (EF) was 59.5%+/-14.0 (range 25-90%). Quality of life assessment was performed via a Seattle Angina Questionnaire. Follow-up was 100% complete for a total of 890 days (69-1853 days). RESULTS: Five-year survival was 70% for the CABG group, 75% for the AVR group and 65% for the CABG/AVR group. Quality of life was remarkable in all of the three groups after surgery. Overall 97 patients (81%) were not or little disabled in their daily activity. One hundred and twelve patients (93%) were free or considerably less symptomatic. Seventy-eight patients or 65% reported to be very satisfied with their current quality of life and 112 patients (93%) felt very reassured to have continuous full access to medical treatment despite of their advanced age. CONCLUSIONS: A remarkable quality of life and important improvement in the functional status after cardiac surgery in patients over 80 paired with a satisfactory medium-term survival justify early intervention for heart disease in this age group. Therefore, referral practice for patients over 80 years for heart surgery should be handled liberally.
Christoph H Huber; Volkhard Goeber; Pascal Berdat; Thierry Carrel; Friedrich Eckstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-03-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1010-7940     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-15     Completed Date:  2007-08-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804069     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1099-105     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital of Lausanne, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Aged, 80 and over
Aortic Valve / surgery
Cardiac Surgical Procedures / methods*,  mortality,  psychology
Coronary Artery Bypass / methods,  mortality,  psychology
Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / methods,  mortality,  psychology
Kaplan-Meiers Estimate
Patient Satisfaction
Postoperative Complications / etiology,  psychology
Postoperative Period
Quality of Life*
Treatment Outcome

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