Early and late predictors of mortality following on-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery in the elderly as compared to a younger population

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Objective: To identify independent factors associated with early (30-day) mortality and in surviving patients, identify factors for late (1-year) mortality following primary coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and to test the interaction with age. Methods: An analysis of a single centre's data contribution to the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland database was performed. Data on consecutive patients aged ≥75 years (n = 659) and aged 60-74 years (n = 3024) undergoing primary CABG surgery (1999-2005) were analysed. One-year mortality data were collected using the Office of National Statistics (ONS) tracking system. Factors associated with early and late mortality were identified using Cox regression; hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) are presented. Results: The proportion of patients aged ≥75 years increased by 10% over 5 years (2000-2005). One-year mortality in the elderly showed a significant linear decrease from 15% to 7% (p = 0.01) while mortality in the younger cohort remained static at 2-4%. Early mortality in the elderly group was 5% compared to 1.8% in the younger group (p < 0.001), while late mortality was 4.1% vs 1.8%, respectively (p < 0.001). Factors independently associated with early mortality were age ≥75 years, HR 2.0 (95% CI 1.28, 3.11); female gender; angina (CSS III-IV); and cardiopulmonary bypass duration >97 minutes. Arrhythmia and renal impairment were risk factors common in both early and late mortality models. Risk factors for late mortality also included ventricular ejection fraction < 30%, non-elective surgery and arteriopathy. Age was not an independent risk factor for late mortality. Conclusion: Mortality in elderly patients showed a substantial improvement, but remained over twice that of younger patients. The difference in factors associated with early and 1-year morality suggests the need for effective short- and long-term strategies, particularly in the management of chronic diseases such as heart and renal failure. © 2009 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.




Naughton, C., Feneck, R. O., & Roxburgh, J. (2009). Early and late predictors of mortality following on-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery in the elderly as compared to a younger population. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 36(4), 621–627. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejcts.2009.04.066

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