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      Frailty assessment in vascular surgery and its utility in preoperative decision making.

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          The average patient requiring vascular surgery has become older, as life expectancy within the US population has increased. Many older patients have some degree of frailty and reside near the limit of their physiological reserve with restricted ability to respond to stressors such as surgery. Frailty assessment is an important part of the preoperative decision-making process, in order to determine whether patients are fit enough to survive the vascular surgery procedure and live long enough to benefit from the intervention. In this review, we will discuss different measures of frailty assessment and how they can be used by vascular surgery providers to improve preoperative decision making and the quality of patient care.

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          Journal
          Semin Vasc Surg
          Seminars in vascular surgery
          Elsevier BV
          1558-4518
          0895-7967
          Jun 2015
          : 28
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 30 N. 1900 E., Suite #3C344, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. Electronic address: Larry.Kraiss@hsc.utah.edu.
          [2 ] Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 30 N. 1900 E., Suite #3C344, Salt Lake City, UT 84132.
          S0895-7967(15)00079-4
          10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2015.10.003
          26655058

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