Long-Term Survival After Cardiac Surgery in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Author(s): Jimmy T. Efird, William Griffin, Wesley T. O’Neal, Stephen W. Davies, Kristin Y. Shiue, Marysia Grzybowski, Linda C. Kindell, Alan P. Kypson, Mark Bowling, T. Bruce Ferguson, Lada Alger, and Patricia B. Crane

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2019

Topics: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Although many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) require a prolonged length of stay (PLOS) following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), the impact of PLOS on long-term survival has not been examined in this population.


  • Define the three severities of COPD recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • Identify the optimal continuous positive airway pressure for COPD patients following CABG.
  • Interpret the curves in the figure (Unadjusted Kaplan-Meier survival curves.)

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