May 23, 2012

Older patients (age 65+) report better quality of life, psychological adjustment, and adherence than younger patients 5 years after heart transplant: A multisite study


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Despite a recommended recipient cut off age of 69 years, recipient age remains a controversial topic in heart transplant (HT) candidacy discussions. For the most part, recipient age differences discussions focus primarily on morbidity and mortality outcomes. In this publication the authors shed some light on recipient age differences in quality of life, psychosocial adjustment, and adherence after HT. Their analyses suggest that older recipients had better quality of life, psychosocial adjustment, and adherence after HT than middle-aged and younger patients. Although this remains to be verified in a larger, multi-center cohort such findings may prove useful at the time of HT candidacy discussions.

Cardiac Transplantation

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