Frailty and Mortality in Older Old With Severe Aortic Stenosis

2016-04-20 18:23:22 | BioPortfolio


BACKGROUND.- The frailty syndrome (FS) associates an increase in morbidity and mortality in the elderly patient. When severe and symptomatic, aortic stenosis (AS) is a disease with poor prognosis, the most frequent cause of heart surgery in the elderly and associates high health costs. No variables have been identified as determinants of morbidity and mortality of these patients and there are not algorithms developed for treatment decision-making in this particular population. The FS as a functional reserve indicator could be a prognostic and interventional treatment tolerance marker, and should be included in the selection of patients for surgical treatment. The FS and cardiovascular disease (CVD) share biological substrates among which an inflammatory state associates poor prognosis.

OBJECTIVES .- To evaluate the effectiveness of the diagnosis of FS to characterize the prognosis of elderly patients with severe symptomatic AS representative of clinical practice. In addition, to examine the contribution of an inflammatory state to the relationship of FS with the prognosis of severe, symptomatic AS.

METHODS .- Prospective study during 12 months of 200 patients > 74 years old with severe symptomatic AS. During the index visit the main clinical characteristics will be recorded and in addition we will perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment, FS assessmet according to Fried et al criteria (strength, walking speed, physical activity, fatigue, unintentional weight loss) and determination of inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein and interleukin-6). During follow-up, measures of functional impairment (basic and instrumental activities of daily living, walking speed and timed set up & go test), hospitalizations, death and quality of life will be determined.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Aortic Stenosis


Frailty measurement, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment


Hospital Meixoeiro




Hospital de Meixoeiro

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-04-20T18:23:22-0400

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A pathological constriction that can occur above (supravalvular stenosis), below (subvalvular stenosis), or at the AORTIC VALVE. It is characterized by restricted outflow from the LEFT VENTRICLE into the AORTA.

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