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Risk of Valve-Related Events After Aortic Valve Repair.
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PMID:  22959573     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The impetus for aortic valve (AV) repair is to decrease valve-related complications in comparison to prosthetic valve replacement. However, relatively few data are available to confirm this hypothesis. We analyzed valve-related complications in a large series of patients undergoing AV repair. METHODS: Between 1995 and 2010, 475 patients underwent elective AV repair for aortic insufficiency or aortic aneurysm. The mean age was 53 years, and 81% were male. Valve-related outcomes were defined as per published guidelines. Survival and freedom from valve-related events were reported using the Kaplan-Meier method and linearized event rates. Clinical follow-up was 98.3% complete with a mean follow-up time of 4.6 years. RESULTS: Thirty-day mortality was 0.8% (n = 4). At 10 years, overall survival was 73% ± 5%, freedom from cardiac death was 81% ± 4%, and freedom from valve-related death was 90% ± 3%. Freedom from significant aortic insufficiency was 84% ± 3%. A total of 28 patients needed early (n = 7) or late (n = 21) AV reoperation; all of them survived reoperation, and 8 had repeat repair. Ten-year freedom from AV reoperation was 86% ± 3%, and freedom from AV replacement was 90% ± 3%. Freedom from AV reoperation was similar in tricuspid and bicuspid valve. During the follow-up period, linearized rate of thromboembolic event, bleeding, and AV endocarditis was 1.1%, 0.23%, and 0.19% per year, respectively. Ten-year freedom from valve-related events including AV reoperation, thromboembolic event, bleeding, and endocarditis was 74% ± 3%. CONCLUSIONS: The current findings confirm that AV repair is associated with low mortality, acceptable durability, and a low risk of valve-related events.
Joel Price; Laurent De Kerchove; David Glineur; Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde; Philippe Noirhomme; Gebrine El Khoury
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Univérsite Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
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