Predicting 6-Month Mortality for Older Adults Hospitalized With Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Cohort Study

Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jan 7;172(1):12-21. doi: 10.7326/M19-0974. Epub 2019 Dec 10.


Background: Older adults with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have higher prevalence of functional impairments, including deficits in cognition, strength, and sensory domains, than their younger counterparts.

Objective: To develop and evaluate the prognostic utility of a risk model for 6-month post-AMI mortality in older adults that incorporates information about functional impairments.

Design: Prospective cohort study. ( NCT01755052).

Setting: 94 hospitals throughout the United States.

Participants: 3006 persons aged 75 years or older who were hospitalized with AMI and discharged alive.

Measurements: Functional impairments were assessed during hospitalization via direct measurement (cognition, mobility, muscle strength) or self-report (vision, hearing). Clinical variables associated with mortality in prior risk models were ascertained by chart review. Seventy-two candidate variables were selected for inclusion, and backward selection and Bayesian model averaging were used to derive (n = 2004 participants) and validate (n = 1002 participants) a model for 6-month mortality.

Results: Participants' mean age was 81.5 years, 44.4% were women, and 10.5% were nonwhite. There were 266 deaths (8.8%) within 6 months. The final risk model included 15 variables, 4 of which were not included in prior risk models: hearing impairment, mobility impairment, weight loss, and lower patient-reported health status. The model was well calibrated (Hosmer-Lemeshow P > 0.05) and showed good discrimination (area under the curve for the validation cohort = 0.84). Adding functional impairments significantly improved model performance, as evidenced by category-free net reclassification improvement indices of 0.21 (P = 0.008) for hearing impairment and 0.26 (P < 0.001) for mobility impairment.

Limitation: The model was not externally validated.

Conclusion: A newly developed model for 6-month post-AMI mortality in older adults was well calibrated and had good discriminatory ability. This model may be useful in decision making at hospital discharge.

Primary funding source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis
  • Myocardial Infarction / mortality*
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology

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