The Impact of Frailty on Patient-Centered Outcomes Following Aortic Valve Replacement

Brian R. Kotajarvi, Marissa J. Schafer, Elizabeth J. Atkinson, Megan M. Traynor, Charles J. Bruce, Kevin L. Greason, Rakesh M. Suri, Jordan D. Miller, Nathan K. Lebrasseur

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Background: Frailty confers risk for surgical morbidity and mortality. Whether patient-reported measures of health, well-being, or quality of life respond differently to surgery in non-frail and frail individuals is unknown. Methods: Older adults with severe aortic stenosis presenting for surgery were assessed for frailty using Cardiovascular Health Study Criteria. Patient-reported measures of functional capacity (Duke Activity Status Index [DASI]), physical and mental health (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-Physical and Mental Component Scales [SF-12 PCS and SF-12 MCS, respectively]), well-being (linear analogue self-assessment [LASA]), and quality of life (LASA) were administered before and 3 months after surgery. Results: Of 103 participants (mean age of 80.6 years), 54 were frail. Frail participants had lower baseline DASI, SF-12 PCS, SF-12 MCS, physical well-being, and quality of life scores than non-frail participants. At follow-up, frail participants showed significant improvement in physical function, with DASI and SF-12 PCS scores improving by 50% and 14%, respectively. Non-frail subjects did not significantly improve in these measures. SF-12 MCS scores also improved to a greater extent in frail compared to non-frail participants (3.6 vs < 1 point). Furthermore, the frail participants improved to a greater extent than non-frail participants in physical well-being (21.6 vs 7.1 points) and quality of life measures (25.1 vs 8.7 points). Conclusions: Frailty is prevalent in older adults with severe aortic stenosis and is associated with poor physical and mental function, physical well-being, and quality of life. In response to surgery, frail participants exhibited greater improvement in these patient-centered outcomes than non-frail peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-921
Number of pages5
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Aging
  • Healthspan
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Physical function
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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