Aortic Valve Replacement in Octogenarian Patients: Evaluation, Operative Risk and Mid-Term Outcomes

Fernando Piccinini, Juan Vrancic, Guillermo Vaccarino, Hernan Raich, Gustavo Siles, Mariano Benzadon, Jorge Thierer, Daniel Navia



The indications and benefits of aortic valve replacement have been clearly established, even for elderly populations with high prevalence of comorbidities. However, concern arises about the indication of aortic valve replacement in this population due to manipulation of aortic atheromas, use of cardiopulmonary bypass and cross clamping of the aorta, cardiac arrest and decalcification that are related with this procedure, and their eventual consequences.


To report morbidity and mortality of the procedure in octogenarians and validate the usefulness of the risk scores most frequently used.

Material and Methods

A total of 87 octogenarian patients undergoing isolated aortic valve replacement were included; preoperative, operative and postoperative variables were analyzed, and EuroSCORE was estimated; the population was divided into three groups 

of risk (low, moderate and high) for logistic EuroSCORE analysis. A conventional surgical technique was used. The medical records were analyzed and/or telephone contact was used for follow-up.

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