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[Heart surgery among octogenerians - fiction or reality?]

SZÉKELY László1, GYÖRGY Margit2, JUHÁSZ Boglárka1, SZABÓ J. Zoltán1, SZUDI László3, PAULOVICH Erzsébet4, LONKAY Eszter5, HORKAY Ferenc6

FEBRUARY 20, 2010

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2010;20(02)

[OBJECTIVE - Aging of the society results in important demographic changes in cardiac surgical practice. Controversy exists as to whether heart surgery in elderly patients improves their life expectancy and the severe functional restraint caused by their heart diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS - We discuss a retrospective study of octogenarian patients who underwent cardiac surgical procedures in our institutions between 01.01.2000. and 30.06.2006. The mean age of the 105 participants was 81.5 years (80-87). 67% (70) of patients had coronary artery disease (CAD). 31% (33) of the patients had aortic valve stenosis (AVR), of whom 16 had isolated AVR and 17 had AVR combined with CAD. One patient had surgery because of mitral valve insufficiency (MVR) only, and one was treated for combined AVR and MVR. The average surgical euroscore was 9.7 (5-18) and the predictive mortalities were 18%. 9.5% of the procedures were acute, 42.9% were urgent and 47.6% were chronic surgeries. RESULTS - The average operating time was 149±23 min, duration of the aortic cross clamp was 65±11 min. OPCAB procedures were performed in 82.9% of patients treated for CAD. In the postoperative period, the occurrence of renal failure was 2.9%, blood transfusions were needed in 37.4% of patients, and neurological deficits occurred in 2.9% of patients. The incidence of perioperative myocardial infarction was 5.6%. The rate of early mortality was 4.8%, the rate of late (>30 days) mortality was 14.3%. At the last follow-up examination, 67 (79%) of the surviving 85 patients were free of cardiac symptoms, physically active and able to take care of themselves. 14 patients (17%) needed some help and only 4 patients (5%) were unable of taking care of themselves. CONCLUSIONS - The mortality of cardiac diseases can be reduced by cardiac surgeries in octagenerians. Improvement of cardiac symptoms improves the patients’ functional status and their quality of life can be similar to that of healthy people of the same age.]


  1. Gottsegen György Országos Kardiológiai Intézet, Szívsebészeti Osztály
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem, Kardiológiai Központ, Kardiológiai Tanszék
  3. Gottsegen György Országos Kardiológiai Intézet, Aneszteziológiai és Intenzív Terápiás Osztály
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, Aneszteziológiai és Intenzív Terápiás Klinika
  5. Helios Kliniken, Siegburg, Abteilung für Kardiochirurgie
  6. Semmelweis Egyetem, Szívsebészeti Klinika



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[INTRODUCTION - Media exerts a strong socialization effect on adolescents who are particularly susceptible to different messages in this life period. In the present study, therefore, we focused on adolescents’ media literacy. METHODS - 546 adolescents from Makó (Southern Hungary) were studied, including 288 (52.7%) grade 8 (age 13-15 years) and 258 (47.3%) grade 12 (age 17-19 years) students; 49.5% of the participants were male and 50.5% female. The survey covered sociodemographic variables, lifetime and monthly prevalence of smoking and drinking, attitudes related to substance use and media literacy. For the study of media literacy, we adapted a Medica Literacy Scale containing 31 items. After performing factor analysis, factors of media literacy were analyzed by two-sample t-tests according to sociodemographic variables and behaviour. RESULTS - Our results show that factors of media literacy are well differentiated according to sociodemographic variables and even more according to smoking and drinking behaviour. Girls and younger adolescents (among who substance use is less frequent) are more likely to notice the hidden messages of substance use that are shown in advertisements and movies, and the representation of the interests of the tobacco and alcohol industry in the media. Nonsmokers and nondrinkers are a lot more aware of the manipulation effects of the media. CONCLUSIONS - Our results draw attention to the significance of media literacy in the prevention of adolescent smoking and drinking.]

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