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Heart Lung Circ. 2013 Dec;22(12):989-95. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.05.650. Epub 2013 Jul 2.

Anaortic off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in the elderly and very elderly.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia; Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; The Baird Institute for Heart and Lung Surgical Research, Sydney, Australia.



Elderly patients undergoing surgical revascularisation may disproportionately benefit from avoiding manipulation of the ascending aorta and cardiopulmonary bypass. In this multi-centre observational study, we sought to determine the 30-day outcomes of anaortic off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) in an elderly and very-elderly population.


Data were prospectively collected for all patients aged >70 years old (y) undergoing anaortic OPCAB at three hospitals between January 2002 and October 2011. Analysis was carried out on two age sub-groups (70-79 y vs. ≥80 y). Multiple logistic regression was used to identify predictors of post-operative 30-day mortality.


In total, 1135 patients >70 years underwent anaortic OPCAB - 817 (72%) patients were aged 70-79 y while 318 (28%) were aged ≥80 y. The rate of mortality and morbidity for both groups was low: 30-day mortality (70-79 y: 1.8%; ≥80 y: 2.8%) or permanent stroke (70-79 y: 0.2%; ≥80 y: 0.9%). Chronic lung disease, a history of previous myocardial infarction and left main disease were independent predictors of 30-day mortality.


OPCAB is associated with low rates of 30-day mortality and peri-operative stroke in this elderly and very elderly patient cohort. Anaortic OPCAB can provide excellent short-term post-operative outcomes and may give the elderly and very elderly population the opportunity to benefit from surgical coronary revascularisation.


Elderly; Mortality; Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting; Stroke; Very elderly

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