Studies show frailty can be an indicator of poor outcomes

05/21/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Frailty can help predict whether heart surgery and hemodialysis patients will have poor outcomes, according to studies presented at the American Geriatrics Society's annual meeting. Researchers said 61% of frail cardiac surgery patients had an adverse outcome, compared with 26% of nonfrail patients. Among hemodialysis patients, three-year mortality rates were 40.2% for frail subjects, compared with 16.2% for nonfrail patients.

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