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Outcomes in patients older than 60 years of age undergoing orthotopic heart transplantation: an analysis of the UNOS database.
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PMID:  18267225     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Patients 60 years and older have traditionally not been considered candidates for orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). Recent studies have shown equivalent survival between older and younger patients, leading many to question this traditional ethos. As these studies may lack significant power to draw meaningful conclusions, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database provides a unique opportunity to examine the effects of age on OHT. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the UNOS dataset to identify 14,401 first-time OHT recipients between the years 1999 and 2006. Stratification was by age into those >or=60 years and younger patients aged 18 to 59 years. Baseline demographic and clinical factors were recorded. The primary end-point was all-cause mortality during the study period. Secondary outcomes included length of hospital stay (LOS), post-operative stroke, post-operative infections, acute renal failure (ARF) and rejection within 1 year of transplant. Post-transplant survival was modeled using the Kaplan-Meier method and compared between groups using Cox proportional hazard regression. RESULTS: Of the 14,401 patients who met the inclusion criteria, 30% (n = 4,273) were >or=60 years of age. The elderly group had higher serum creatinine levels (1.5 vs 1.3, p < 0.001), longer waitlist times (255 vs 212 days, p < 0.001), and were more likely to have hypertension (HTN; 46% vs 37%, p < 0.001) or diabetes mellitus (DM; 25% vs 20%, p < 0.001). Survival at 30 days, 1 year and 5 years was 94%, 87% and 75% for the young group, and 93%, 84% and 69% for the older group (p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis revealed age >or=60 years, donor age, ischemic time, creatinine, HTN and DM to be independent predictors of mortality. Older patients had more infections (26% vs 23%, p < 0.001), ARF (9% vs 7%, p < 0.001) and longer LOS (21 vs 19 days, p < 0.001), but had lower rates of rejection (34% vs 43%, p < 0.001) as compared with younger recipients. CONCLUSIONS: The UNOS database has provided a large multi-institutional sample examining OHT in the elderly. Although our analysis shows lower survival in patients >or=60 years of age, the cumulative 5-year survival in these patients of close to 70% is acceptable. OHT should not be restricted based on age, as encouraging long-term results exist.
Eric S Weiss; Lois U Nwakanma; Nishant D Patel; David D Yuh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1557-3117     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Heart Lung Transplant.     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-12     Completed Date:  2008-03-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102703     Medline TA:  J Heart Lung Transplant     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21231, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cause of Death*
Follow-Up Studies
Graft Rejection / mortality*
Graft Survival
Heart Transplantation / methods,  mortality*
Hospital Mortality / trends*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Postoperative Complications / mortality
Proportional Hazards Models
Retrospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Survival Analysis
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Outcome

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