Presurgery anxiety may raise risk for older patients, small study finds

01/10/2013 | DoctorsLounge.com

Older people who had high anxiety levels before heart surgery were five times more likely to experience major morbidity or mortality than those without anxiety, a prospective study found. Researchers looked at 148 seniors, 7% of whom manifested high preoperative anxiety. The findings appear in The American Journal of Cardiology.

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