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Long Term Health Related Quality of Life After Acute Type B Aortic Dissection: A Cross Sectional Survey Study

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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Source Name: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


Frederike Meccanici, Carlijn G.E. Thijssen, Arjen L. Gökalp, Annemijn W. Bom, Jorg L. de Bruin, Jos A. Bekkers, Roland R.J. van Kimmenad, Guillaume S.C. Geuzebroek, Paul Poyck, Joost J. ter Woorst, Kathinka Peels, Jelena Sjatskig, Robin H. Heijmen, Marco C. Post, Mostafa M. Mokhles, Hence J.M. Verhagen, Johanna J.M. Takkenberg, Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink

This free-access report raises a number of research questions in light of a relatively unsatisfactory response of 55 percent that may reflect unrecorded deaths and should be addressed in future research.

A further analysis of the subgroup of connective tissue aortopathies, possibly differentiating between Marfan and less common pathology, may generate further information in order to understand the patients’ journey in acute aortic syndrome. This would help to guide allocation of resources, counseling, and most importantly, manage the expectations of the public from the aortic service.

The apparent equipoise of conservative treatment and intervention is alarming, to an extent. The key to understand that is, perhaps, the 45 percent of nonresponders.


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