Prevalence and predictors of frailty in a high-income developing country: A cross-sectional study

Amjad M. Ahmed, Dalia Ahmed, Mousa Alfaris, Amanda Holmes, Ahmed Aljizeeri, Mouaz H. Al-Mallah

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Background: Frailty is a state of vulnerability and a decreased physiological response to stressors. As the population ages, the prevalence of frailty is expected to increase. Thus, identifying tools and resources that efficiently predict frailty among the Saudi population is important. We aimed to describe the prevalence and predictors of frailty among Saudi patients referred for cardiac stress testing with nuclear imaging. Methods: We included 876 patients (mean age 60.3 ^ 11 years, women 48%) who underwent clinically indicated cardiac nuclear stress testing between January and October 2016. Fried Clinical Frailty Scale was used to assess frailty. Patients were considered frail if they had a score of four or higher. Multivariate adjusted logistic regression models were used to determine the independent predictors of elderly frail patients. Results: In this cohort, the median age of the included patients was 61 years, and the prevalence of frailty was 40%. The frail patients were older, more frequently women, and had a higher body mass index. Additionally, frailty was associated with a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors: Hypertension (85% vs. 70%) and diabetes (75% vs. 60%). In a fully adjusted logistic regression model, women, hypertension, and obesity (BMI $ 30 kg/m2) were independent predictors of elderly frail patients. Conclusions: With the aging of the Saudi population, frailty prevalence is expected to increase. Elderly, obesity, hypertension, and female gender are risk factors of frailty. Interventions to reduce frailty should be focused on this high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
JournalQatar Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Cardiac nuclear stress testing
  • Cardiovascular predictors
  • Frail elderly
  • Fried clinical frailty scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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