Functional and psychological recovery during intensive hospital rehabilitation following cardiac surgery in the elderly

S. De Feo, Cristina Opasich, M. Capietti, E. Cazzaniga, A. Mazza, M. Manera, I. Giorgi, R. Tramarin

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Abstract

The recovery process in the elderly after cardiac surgery is influenced not only by clinical cardiac conditions, but also by comorbidity, cognitive decline and disability. We evaluated the relationship between clinical objective and self-perceived factors and their influence on functional recovery in 204 consecutive, over-70s pts who were admitted into an intensive hospital rehabilitation program following cardiac surgery. The variables taken into consideration were: comorbidity (Charlson index), length of hospital stay and complications in cardiac surgery and rehabilitation, disability (nursing needs score index), functional status (6-min walking test), left ventricular EF, number of training sessions; self-perceived health status (EuroQol questionnaire), emotional impairment (anxiety/depression, CBA-2.0/interview). Results. Functional capacity: the distance walked was 198±103 m at admission and 287±121 in at discharge (p2=0.14, p2=050, p2=0.15, p2=0.33, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Volume58
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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