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Quality of life in patients with peripheral arterial disease before and after surgical treatment

Articol din publicatia Timisoara Medical Journal nr. 4/2004
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Authors: Lucian S. Falnita1, Mioara Cocora1, Dan Nechifor1, Ion Socoteanu1, Doru Bordos2

1Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2Second Surgical Clinic, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara

Correspondence to:
Lucian Falnita, Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, G. Adam Str. 13A, Timisoara, Romania, Tel: +40-256-207355, Email: lfalnita@cardiologie.ro


Background: Quality of life (QOL) measurements have only seldom been used in Romanian medicine. Quality of life can be assessed using questionnaires, generic or disease-specific. Material and methods: The King's College VascQOL questionnaire is specific for the peripheral arterial disease and has been used in 120 patients, before and after surgical revascularization. Results: The scores of QOL are decreasing proportionally with: patients' age, the stage of chronic ischemia, the distal nature of vascular lesions, the number of concomitant diseases and the disease duration. After surgical revascularization the QOL scores are significantly increased. The patients with advanced chronic ischemia, distal lesions and postoperative complications had relatively lower scores. Conclusions: The QOL questionnaire is a specific, useful and cost-effective tool for selecting patients for surgery and choosing the time for operation, as well as for quantifying the results of surgery and comparison of various treatment methods. Keywords: quality of life, peripheral arterial disease, surgery
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