Postoperative Quality of Life Assessment in the Over 80's After Cardiac Surgery

  • Christoph H. Huber
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 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the industrialized nation, and 25% of patients over the age of 80 are functionally limited by their underling cardiovascular condition. Coronary artery diseases have a prevalence of 18–20% in the elderly. There are principally no differences in treatment options and surgical indications in this age group compared to the younger population. Cardiac surgery is a very effective therapy to improve functional status of patients with coronary artery and heart valve disease. In this chapter the impact of heart surgery on Quality of Life (QoL)in this very challenging age segment is summarized.

Recent studies confirm the important gain of QoL with a very acceptable mortality in patients over 80 years after heart surgery. These extremely satisfying results should be confronted with the rather reserved referral practice, often withholding old patients for long from cardiac surgery.


Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Aortic Valve Replacement Nottingham Health Profile Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Patient Heart Valve Disease 
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List of Abbreviations:


 Aortic valve replacement


Body mass index


 Coronary artery bypass grafting


Coronary artery disease


Canadian Cardiovascular Society grading


Chronic obstructive airway disease


Cardiopulmonary bypass


Erythrocyte concentrate


Intra aortic balloon pump


Intensive care unit


Insuline-dependent diabetes mellitus


Left internal mammary artery graft


Left ventricular ejection fraction


Myocardial infarction


 Nottingham Health Profile


Non-insuline-dependent diabetes mellitus


New York Heart Association grading


Peripheral arterial disease


Quality of life


 Seattle Angina Questionnaire


Short form 36


 Sickness Impact Profile


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph H. Huber
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  1. 1.Cardiovascular Surgery DivisionCentre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)LausanneSwitzerland

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