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Dr Philip Adams
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For five years, we prospectively studied 353 consecutive patients undergoing first-time coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) for stable angina in the North of England. Angina was present before surgery in nearly all patients, in 20% 3 months after surgery, and in 48% after 60 months. The Nottingham Health Profile, showed a significant improvement in perceived health status (PHS) 12 and 60 months after surgery compared with preoperation. However, PHS at 60 months was worse than at 12 months in the dimensions 'pain' and 'physical mobility' in part 1, and in 'looking after the home' and 'taking holidays' in part 2. Employment rates were 36%, 34% and 21%, before, and 12 and 60 months after surgery, respectively. Working at 12 and 60 months was associated with age below retirement age, work preoperation and absence of angina, and at 12 months also with male gender and waiting time <6 months. This study describes everyday clinical practice. The significant improvement in angina symptoms and PHS after CABG persists for at least 5 years. However, only one third of patients in this geographical area return to work, and this is not solely dependent on clinical symptoms.
Author(s): Skinner JS, Farrer M, Albers CJ, Neil HAW, Adams PC
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: QJM: An International Journal of Medicine
Print publication date: 01/02/1999
ISSN (print): 1460-2725
ISSN (electronic): 1460-2393
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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