Functional benefits following coronary artery bypass graft surgery

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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*Activities of Daily Living; Adult; Aged; Coitus; Coronary Artery Bypass; Disability Evaluation; Employment; Exertion; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Social Adjustment


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care


While some studies of patients who undergo cardiac surgery have included such outcome measures as amounts of symptom reduction and rates of resumption of employment, little attention has been focused on the extent to which these patients have experienced the simple, yet very important, broad range of functional benefits that might be anticipated by clinicians to result from operation. The present report seeks to document the extent of improvement that does exist in terms of physical, sexual, and social-role functioning. In a cohort of 340 patients (age, 32 to 69 years) studied before and six months after coronary artery bypass operation, improvements were noted in each of three dimensions of functional benefit: physical functioning (fewer total activity restrictions or incapacitated days per month), sexual functioning (through increased energy and desire and decreased pain and worry), and role functions (ability to work, social participation, and pursuit of hobbies). Further improvements might be anticipated with additional months of recovery.


Ann Thorac Surg. 1984 Apr;37(4):286-90.

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The Annals of thoracic surgery

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