Quality of Life After Open Heart Surgery in Older Patients
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Long term follow-up of nonagenarians who have undergone open heart procedures.
Condition or disease
Open Heart Surgery Patients
Procedure: Cardiac Surgery
Based on population studies, life expectancy at age 80 is 8.5 years, and at the age of 85 years, it is 6.3 years (US Bureau of Census 2000). There are currently 1.6 million nonagenarians and roughly 72,000 centenarians living in the United States. With this increasing elderly population, knowledge of the special management issues and long-term sequela are imperative. Bacchetta and coworkers from our institution presented a 10-year outcomes experience in nonagenarians undergoing cardiac surgery. In 42 consecutive patients, in-hospital mortality was 7%, and 30-day mortality 5%. Postoperative morbidity was documented in 67% with arrhythmias accounting for 31% of the cases, followed by respiratory complications, infections, and strokes. While this is mostly in-hospital data, long-term follow-ups have not been performed.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
90 Years and older (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
A (consecutive) series of 49 patients age 90 years or older underwent cardiac operations between May 1995 and October 2004 at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Patients who underwent open heart procedures and who were 90 years or greater between 1995 and 2004 at The New York Presbyterian Hospital