Features December 2010 Issue

Revascularization is a Viable Option for Older Patients, Too

Research shows patients 80 and older have higher survival rates when heart attacks are treated with bypasses or percutaneous coronary interventions.

Age alone shouldn’t determine whether a patient with coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoes revascularization. There had been little data collected about outcomes in octogenarians undergoing invasive CAD treatment, but new research suggests that older patients can do quite well after such procedures. A study published online Aug. 30 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that revascularization procedures among older patients leads to better survival outcomes. In an analysis of nearly 30,000 patients age 80 and older, who were hospitalized following a heart attack, one-year mortality rates dropped significantly among those who received a bypass graft or percutaneous coronary intervention.

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