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Quality of life after cardiac surgery in an octogenarian population
© Nydegger et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Mental Health
- Risk Score
- Postoperative Outcome
- Physical Component Summary
- Mental Component Summary
An increasing number of cardiac surgery procedures are performed today in patients >80 years . However, only limited data are available regarding the postoperative outcome in this patient group. The aim of this study was to assess quality of life in patients >80 years after elective cardiac surgery (CS80) compared with younger patients (60 to 70 years; CS60).
Consecutive CS80/CS60 patients during a 1-year period were contacted 12 months after cardiac surgery. A structured interview was performed and quality of life was assessed (SF-36 health survey). Norm-based scoring (transformed to mean = 50 ± 10) was analysed. Sociodemographic and procedure-related data were obtained from the hospital database. Student's t-test and the chi-square test were used to compare both groups.
Quality of physical health with only minor limitations was observed in patients after cardiac surgery aged >80 years as compared with younger patients (60 to 70 years). There was no difference of mental health quality between both patient groups. These results could only be achieved with increased ICU length of stay for patients >80 years.
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