2017
DOI: 10.5935/2359-4802.20170029
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Correlation between Length of Hospital Stay and Gait Speed in Patients Submitted to Cardiac Surgery

Abstract: Background: Cardiovascular diseases have been increasing worldwide in recent decades due to the increased occurrence of triggering factors. In the postoperative period of cardiovascular surgery, patients experience a functional decline, which may be potentiated by the length of hospital stay. Therefore, it is important to evaluate these patients' functional capacity.

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“…Preoperative gait speed did have a significant association with hospital length of stay ( p = 0.0050). A recent study found that increased length of stay following cardiac surgery was associated with postoperative gait speed [ 14 ], but did not look at the preoperative variable. We believe preoperative gait speed is much more meaningful when considering preoperative risk evaluation and potentially incorporating gait speed as an adjunct in a risk calculating model, such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk model [ 15 ].…”
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confidence: 99%
“…Preoperative gait speed did have a significant association with hospital length of stay ( p = 0.0050). A recent study found that increased length of stay following cardiac surgery was associated with postoperative gait speed [ 14 ], but did not look at the preoperative variable. We believe preoperative gait speed is much more meaningful when considering preoperative risk evaluation and potentially incorporating gait speed as an adjunct in a risk calculating model, such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk model [ 15 ].…”
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confidence: 99%
“…2,3 Complications in the postoperative period of heart valve treatment increase sedation and bed rest, 4 leading to an extended period of physical inactivity and muscle weakness. 5 The harmful effects of physical inactivity involve reduced muscle protein synthesis, increased proteolysis, and loss of muscle strength and lean mass. [6][7][8] These issues prevent patients from fully returning to a normal functional ability 8 and increasing the risk of readmission and mortality.…”
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confidence: 99%