Services

Departments A - Z

General Statistics

genderdistribution

Of the 1497 patients that came through the department in 2002 and 2003, just over 71% were male and nearly 29% were female.

Age at operation

  • Meridan age: 65
  • Youngest patient:16
  • Oldest patient: 89
  • Over 65 years: 736 patients (49.5%)
  • Over 70 years: 437 patients (29.4%)

We receive patients from all age groups. Nearly half of all patients admitted are over 65 years of age with 29.4% in the higher risk over 70 age group. The remaining patients are young patients from the congenital heart service and people who have suffered heart disease at an earlier age than would normally be expected.

AgeandGender

  • Male (71.3%)
  • Median age: 64
  • Youngest patient: 16
  • Oldest patient: 89
  • Over 65 years: 486 patients (45.5%)
  • Over 70 years: 282 patients (26.4%)
  • Female (28.7%)
  • Median age: 67
  • Youngest patient: 18
  • Oldest patient: 86
  • Over 65 years: 250 patients (58.3%)
  • Over 70 years: 155 patients (36.1%)

    If we break down the patients into age and gender we can see that the median age of our female patients is 3 years older than our male patients. Also there are a greater proportion of female patients in the over 65 and over 70 age group compared to males.

Admission priority

The majority of our work is performed on emergency, urgent and semi-urgent patients as shown by the figure above. These are patients who are unstable from a cardiac point of view and as such are unable to be sent home without surgery. These patients represent 72.3% of our workload, which indicates that the majority of our patients are of an appreciably higher risk on admission than elective patients. This fact shows the Unit to have a high standing amongst our Cardiology colleagues in that they are extremely comfortable to refer their patients to our care due to the expertise that has been developed here over the last 46 years.

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