Health-Related Quality of Life Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The Impact of Age on Outcome at 1 Year

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This study was performed to assess the possibility that patient age may independently affect improvements in health-related quality of life following percutaneous coronary intervention. One hundred five patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention at a single tertiary referral center between January 10, 2001 and January 6, 2002 were enrolled and prospectively evaluated. Health-related quality of life was assessed before and 1 year following percutaneous coronary intervention using Short Form-12 and the Seattle Angina Questionnaire. For the purpose of analysis, patients were divided according to age (younger than 60, 60–70, and older than 70 years). One hundred patients (95%) completed both questionnaires. Baseline characteristics among the age groups were similar in terms of gender, cardiac risk factors, and procedural details. All health-related quality-of-life indices demonstrated improvements with at least four variables in each group achieving a clinically significant increase (>20%). At least eight modalities in each group achieved statistical significance (p=0.01). With the exception of physical functioning, the improvements in health-related quality of life were not significantly different among age groups.

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