Quality of Life after Open Heart Surgery

  • Paul J. Walter

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 132)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Quality of life: Why the burgeoning interest in the clinical and research cardiology communities?

  3. Quality of Life After Heart Valve Replacement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Physiological State

      1. John Y. M. Relland
        Pages 13-18
      2. Dieter Horstkotte, Hagen D. Schulte, Wolfgang Bircks, Bodo E. Strauer
        Pages 19-35
    3. Intellectual Functioning

    4. Emotional State

    5. General Satisfaction

    6. Concluding Remarks

      1. D. Horstkotte
        Pages 101-104
  4. Quality of Life after Coronary Bypass Surgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Physiological State

    3. Intellectual Functioning

    4. Emotional State

      1. H. Boudrez, J. Denollet, B. J. Amsel, G. De Backer, P. J. Walter, J. De Beule et al.
        Pages 169-176
      2. Elizabeth Lorna Cay, Aine O’Rourke
        Pages 177-183
    5. Performance of Social Roles

      1. Vadim P. Zaitsev, Tatyana A. Aivazyan, Nataliya I. Gracheva, Dmitry S. Dekin
        Pages 227-234
      2. Frank Loskot, Bernd Hartmann, Petrus Novotny, Nikolas Mouselimis
        Pages 235-241
    6. Summary

      1. Bernard J. Gersh
        Pages 245-249
  5. Quality of Life after Surgical Correction of Congenital Heart Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Physiological State

      1. C. Walton Lillehei, Ceeya Patton, James H. Moller
        Pages 253-265
      2. Marko Turina, Miralem Pasic, Monika Fry, Ludwig Von Segesser
        Pages 267-275
      3. Milan Šamánek, A. Zapletal, J. Šulc, B. Hučín
        Pages 303-311
    3. Intellectual Functioning

      1. H. C. Kallfelz, H. Kaemmerer, I. Luhmer, H. Lacher, M. Anacker, P. Wietzke
        Pages 315-321
    4. Emotional State

    5. Performance of Social Roles

      1. E. Stucki, F. P. Stocker, H. Hämmerli, V. Rüfenacht, M. Stucki, J. W. Weber et al.
        Pages 335-344
    6. General Satisfaction

      1. R. P. Kamphuis
        Pages 355-362
      2. Kathy S. Lawrence, F. Jay Fricker, Susan Cardillo
        Pages 363-370
      3. J. Kachaner, J. Le Bidois, D. Sidi, J. F. Piéchaud, P. Vouhé
        Pages 371-379
    7. Summary

  6. Quality of Life after Heart Transplantation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Physiological State

      1. C. Cabrol, I. Gandjbakhch, A. Pavie, V. Bors, Ph. Leger, E. Vaissier et al.
        Pages 389-395
      2. Nancy L. Abou-Awdi, O. H. Frazier
        Pages 397-401
    3. Intellectual Functioning

      1. R. A. Bornstein, R. C. Starling, P. D. Myerowitz
        Pages 419-424
    4. Emotional State

      1. Breit Jones, Frances Taylor, K. Downs, P. Spratt
        Pages 427-437
      2. Francois M. Mai, F. Neil Mckenzie
        Pages 439-444
      3. G. Magni, G. Borgherini
        Pages 457-465

About this book


primary goal of all forms of therapy is not just prolonging life, but improving the quality of life, has forced analysis of what constitutes quality of life, a concept whose structure pervades all walks of life and eludes definition. Global well being, happiness, morale, vitality, fullness of social life, and satisfaction must be integrated and assessed for the effects of the disease and the therapy, in the context of specific personality traits, attitudes to life, family situation, and socio-economic and political freedom. A growing inter­ est in research on this subject has led to a clearer understanding of the components which come to determine quality of a patient's life, and how they can be measured in a reproducible manner so that valid comparisons can be made. Keeping these recommendations of analysing quality of life within the context of patients who have undergone open heart surgery, it seemed appro­ priate to me to separate the influence of various forms of open heart surgery into five aspects of life which can comprehensively reflect the quality of life outcome of the operation. These five 'components' are (1) Physiological state, which summarises the traditionally reported incidence of operative mortality and morbidity, objectively and subjectively measured physical ca­ pacity, and the residual symptoms, treatment and long-term survival. (2) Intellectual functioning relates to the psychoneurolgocial deficit in memory, reasoning or judgement because of cerebral microembolism and hypo­ perfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul J. Walter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University School of Medicine AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryUniversity Hospital AntwerpAntwerp/EdegemBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5166-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2640-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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