Surgical Revascularization for the Elderly Patients

(Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sakakibara Heart Institute, Tokyo, Japan)

Susumu Manabe Shuichiro Takanashi
Clinical outcomes of CABG for elderly patients have dramatically changed during the last decade. Data from the clinical registries revealed the decrease of in-hospital mortality rate of CABG for elderly patients. Several large-scale comparative studies reported the advantage of CABG to improve long-term outcomes in elderly patients compared with PCI or medical therapy. These findings suggested the need to reconsider our approach to treat ischemic heart disease in the elderly. Hence, this study tries to overview the recent studies investigating the clinical outcomes of CABG for elderly patients.
  Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 39:235-241(2010)

Keywords:CABG, elderly patients