Should valve replacement and related procedures be performed in elderly patients?


The cases of 135 consecutive elderly patients 70 years old or older who had valve replacement and related surgical procedures from October, 1977, through April, 1982, were reviewed. There were 75 men and 60 women. The mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 50.16 +/- 5%. The overall operative mortality was 8% (11 patients). The early operative deaths… (More)