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With advances in healthcare practices improving overall life expectancy, there has been a resultant higher prevalence of older patients undergoing complex cardiac procedures – often with poorer postoperative results. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology by Dr. Rakesh Arora, Principal Investigator, Heart Failure Therapy, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, discusses a 3-way approach to “pre-condition” elderly patients for better surgery outcomes. The “NEW” approach is targeted toward improving nutritional status (N), exercise capacity (E) and worry reduction (W).

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