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Bypass surgery can be safe for octogenarians

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:712
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Cardiac bypass surgery can be as safe for 80 year olds as for those in their 70s —and no more costly, says a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (2001;165:759-64).

    The number of octogenarians being referred for cardiac interventions is expected to increase, say the authors, who are with the CADENCE Research Group, Hamilton Health Science, in the department of surgery and the faculty of health sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

    People aged 85 years and older are the fastest growing segment of Canada's senior population. Yet …

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