Open-heart surgery in octogenarians.

  title={Open-heart surgery in octogenarians.},
  author={L Henry Edmunds and Larry W. Stephenson and RichardN. Edie and Mark B. Ratcliffe},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={319 3},
One hundred consecutive patients 80 years of age or older consented to and subsequently underwent open-heart operations at our institution between July 1976 and May 1987. Fifty of the patients had aortic valvular disease (28 with coexisting coronary artery disease), and 41 had isolated coronary artery disease. Eight patients had mitral valvular disease, and one had a dissecting aortic aneurysm. Ninety had Class IV disease that was functional, ischemic, or both. The most compelling indications… CONTINUE READING
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