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Improvements in health-related quality of life before and after isolated cardiac operations.
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PMID:  21352997     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Our study compared health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among cardiac surgical patient groups before and after cardiac operations for isolated surgical procedures and examined cardiac surgical patient HRQOL within the context of United States population norms.
METHODS: Of 2524 patients undergoing cardiac operations, 370 underwent isolated procedures (coronary artery bypass grafting, 136; aortic valve repair or replacement, 96; mitral valve repair or replacement, 92; Maze procedures, 46) between April 18, 2004, and June 30, 2008. They completed Short Form 36 questionnaires at baseline, at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively, and annually thereafter. Statistical analyses included χ(2), analysis of variance, longitudinal modeling, and longitudinal multivariable analyses.
RESULTS: Overall, the 370 cardiac surgical patients were 61.5 ± 11.9 years old, 70% men, and 76% white. Significant baseline differences in HRQOL existed among the cardiac surgical groups. Physical and mental components of the Short Form 36 improved from baseline to within 3 to 6 months postoperatively and remained stable through 3 years for all groups. When demographic and clinical covariates were held constant, the effect of cardiac surgical type on postsurgical HRQOL changes was not significant.
CONCLUSIONS: HRQOL improves early after cardiac operations and remains relatively constant long-term, independently of procedure type.
Kathleen L Grady; Richard Lee; Haris Subačius; S Chris Malaisrie; Edwin C McGee; Jane Kruse; Jeffrey J Goldberger; Patrick M McCarthy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  777-83     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
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