Kristin Sandau, Wes Pedersen; Bethel University and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, St Paul, MN

High-risk elderly patients receiving nonsurgical treatment for aortic stenosis (AS) are rarely studied. This study’s purpose was to measure Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) and test reliability of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire (MLHFQ), Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), and Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-being Scale (FACIT-Sp) in persons more than 70 years old receiving nonsurgical treatment for AS.

Past studies of HRQL in AS focused on valve replacement and often used 1 generic measure. No disease-specific measure for HRQL in AS exists. Among patients for whom surgery is not an option, HRQL measurement helps identify factors most concerning to patients. AACN’s values include collaboration and advocacy for patients during the most vulnerable times in their lives. HRQL evaluation allows patients to communicate their unique...

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