Colin A. Barry, MD, FRCPC and Marino Labinaz, MD, FRCPC, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, ON.
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality in Canada. Persons over 65 represent the most rapidly growing demographic group in Canada. These factors will result in a significant increase in the total number of cardiovascular cases in the next several decades. Coronary revascularization procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary interventions have steadily increased over the past decade and will continue to do so as the population ages. Several studies have demonstrated that older patients derive significant benefit in terms of reduced morbidity and mortality, but these procedures are often underutilized in this patient group.
Key words: coronary artery bypass grafting, percutaneous coronary intervention, cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality in Canada, representing 36% of all deaths in Canada (1999) with death from coronary artery disease accounting for 19.