A retrospective multicenter study on long-term prevalence of chronic pain after cardiac surgery

Marcassa Claudio, Faggiano Pompilio, Greco Cesare, Ambrosetti Marco, Temporelli Pier Luigi

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Abstract

Background There are limited data on sternotomy as a cause of chronic postsurgical pain, mainly restricted to 1 year after surgery. Aims To assess the prevalence of chronic poststernotomy pain and its interference on daily living. Methods In three groups of patients, a standardized telephone interview was obtained at 3 months (nU313), 1 year (nU313), and 3 years (nU319) following the rehabilitation program after cardiac surgery, in 11 rehabilitation centers. Presence, site, and the severity and interference of pain on selected daily living items were assessed. Results The prevalence of pain after cardiac surgery was 35.3% in the 3-month group, 26.8% in the 1-year group, and 19.8% in the 3-year group (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-774
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Volume16
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2015

Keywords

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Chronic pain
  • Poststernotomy chronic pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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