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Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Jun;58(4):200-3. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1240654. Epub 2010 May 31.

Predictors of postoperative complications in octogenarians undergoing cardiac surgery.

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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany.



Aim of the study was to clarify the impact of different pre- and perioperative conditions on outcome in octogenarians undergoing cardiac surgery.


We retrospectively analyzed preoperative risk factors and intraoperative adverse events and studied in-hospital morbidity and mortality in 646 patients > or = 80 years of age (82.5 +/- 3.5 years) and in 6081 younger patients (70.3 +/- 3.4 years) who underwent cardiac surgery between 1/2001 and 12/2006.


Preoperatively, octogenarians suffered significantly more from arterial hypertension, renal failure, previous neurological problems, unstable angina and NYHA class IV than younger subjects. The incidence of combined valve and coronary procedures and of urgent operations was also significantly higher in patients > or = 80 years (27.7 % vs. 18.2 %, P < 0.05, and 7.3 % vs. 4.2 %, P < 0.05, respectively). In-hospital mortality was higher (7.4 % vs. 3.7 %, P < 0.05), and average ICU and total in-hospital stay was longer in the older age group. Postoperative complications occurred in 15 % of patients > or = 80 years compared to 7.6 % of patients < or = 79 years ( P < 0.05). NYHA class IV, female sex and preoperative renal failure correlated with perioperative morbidity. Multivariate analysis could identify urgent procedures, redo surgery, mitral valve surgery and prolonged cross-clamping times as predictors of mortality.


Cardiac surgery in octogenarians can be performed with an acceptable risk but an increased mortality and morbidity compared to younger patients. High-risk octogenarians, who require intensive perioperative management, should be identified to reduce the incidence of postoperative complications.

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