Published in Surgery Litigation and Law Weekly, December 16th, 2005
There were 4.2 million Americans aged 85 or older in 2000, and this number is projected to increase to 8.9 million by 2030, according to background information in the article. Approximately 40% of all octogenarians have symptomatic cardiovascular disease. Previous observational studies have shown that octogenarians undergoing open heart surgery for CABG or valve replacement are at higher risk for...
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