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Outcomes of Acute Type A Dissection Repair Before and After Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Source Name: Journal of the American College of Cardiology


Nicholas D. Andersen; Asvin M. Ganapathi; Jennifer M. Hanna; Judson B. Williams; Jeffrey G. Gaca; G. Chad Hughes

The authors studied the effects of implementing a multidisciplinary thoracic aortic surgery program (TASP) on the outcomes after acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) repair. They used data of 128 patients who underwent ATAAD at a single institution during the 6 years before (n=56) and 6 years after (n=72) implementation of the TASP. They found that both short and long-term mortality improved after implementation of the multidisciplinary program and conclude that centralization of ATAAD patients is warranted.

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