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Comparison of Frail Patients Versus Nonfrail Patients ≥65 Years of Age Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.
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PMID:  22440119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Frailty is a geriatric syndrome characterized by functional impairments and is associated with poor outcomes; however, the prevalence of frailty and its association with health status in patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are unknown. To assess the prevalence of frailty and its association with health status in PCI-treated patients, we studied 629 patients ≥65 years old undergoing PCI from October 2005 through September 2008. Frailty was characterized using the Fried criteria: weight loss >10 lbs. in previous 1 year, exhaustion, low physical activity, poor gait speed, and poor grip strength (3 features = frail; 1 feature to 2 features = intermediate frailty; 0 feature = not frail). Health status was assessed using the Short-Form 36 and the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ). Multivariable linear regression models were used to estimate the independent association between frailty and health status. Complete data on 545 patients demonstrated that 19% (n = 117) were frail, 47% (n = 298) had intermediate frailty, and 21% (n = 130) were not frail. Frail patients had more co-morbidities and more frequent left main coronary artery or multivessel disease after adjusting for age and gender (p <0.05 across groups). Multivariable linear regression demonstrated poorer health status in frail patients compared to nonfrail patients as evidenced by lower Short-Form 36 scores, lower SAQ scores for physical limitation, and lower SAQ scores for quality of life (p <0.001 for each health status domain). In conclusion, 1/5 of older patients are frail at the time of PCI and have greater comorbid burden, angiographic disease severity, and poorer health status than nonfrail adults.
S Michael Gharacholou; Veronique L Roger; Ryan J Lennon; Charanjit S Rihal; Jeff A Sloan; John A Spertus; Mandeep Singh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
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