Gait speed as an incremental predictor of mortality and major morbidity in elderly patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

@article{Afilalo2010GaitSA,
  title={Gait speed as an incremental predictor of mortality and major morbidity in elderly patients undergoing cardiac surgery.},
  author={Jonathan Afilalo and Mark J. Eisenberg and Jean-François Morin and Howard Bergman and Johanne Monette and Nicolas O Noiseux and Louis P Perrault and Karen P Alexander and Y. E. Langlois and Nandini Dendukuri and Patrick Chamoun and Georges Kasparian and Sophie Robichaud and S Michael Gharacholou and Jean-François Boivin},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={56 20},
  pages={1668-76}
}
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test the value of gait speed, a clinical marker for frailty, to improve the prediction of mortality and major morbidity in elderly patients undergoing cardiac surgery. BACKGROUND It is increasingly difficult to predict the elderly patient's risk posed by cardiac surgery because existing risk assessment tools are incomplete. METHODS A multicenter prospective cohort of elderly patients undergoing cardiac surgery was assembled at 4 tertiary care… CONTINUE READING