Use of a novel decision aid for patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis resulted in greater patient knowledge and satisfaction, although decisional conflict was unchanged. Physicians, on the other hand, felt that the aid was not understood by elderly patients, and believed that they used shared decision-making in their usual practice, without the
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January 8, 2020
A medium size RCT with encouraging surgical outcomes in the era of TAVI expansion.....
November 22, 2019
Puzzling subgroup from the GALILEO trial, which appears in the same issue of the periodical as an article that discredits the use of rivaroxaban as thromboprevention strategy :
August 13, 2019
A most educative cross-Atlantic retrospective study on an always important question. The short accompanying video is also valuable!
August 11, 2019
Colleagues from Italy and Germany compared the short- and mid-term outcomes of the straight tube graft (David-I) and the Valsalva graft in 232 patients undergoing an isolated David procedure. The two groups did not differ significantly in 30-day mortality (1% vs 2%), late survival (p = 0.799), or valve-related reoperation (p = 0.241).
July 31, 2019
The right lateral access for minimally invasive aortic valve surgery is a superior concept, leaving the sternum and ribs untouched and allowing an unbeatable cosmetic result.
Late Survival and Patient-Perceived Health Status of the CHSS Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries Cohort
July 26, 2019
Delvin and associates reported the long-term outcomes and quality of life in patients with d-TGA after repair using data from 24 centers of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society (CHSS).
July 24, 2019
This article addresses the controversy surrounding the optimal annular stabilization technique following valve sparing root reconstruction (VSRR) and the lack of comprehensive imaging data in the evaluation of the natural history of aortic root graft geometry, valve competency, and prognosis postreconstruction.
Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Versus Surgical Replacement of Failing Stented Aortic Biological Valves
July 20, 2019
This retrospective study by Sedeek et al aimed to compare the outcomes of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) valve-in-valve (n=90) versus surgical replacement (SAVR) (n=260) of failing stented aortic biological valves in a cohort of 350 patients .
Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement and Patient–Prosthesis Mismatch: A Meta-Analysis of 108,182 Patients
July 18, 2019
This meta-analysis included 70 articles reporting on more than 100,000 patients who underwent surgical aortic valve replacement. The incidence of patient-prosthesis mismatch (PPM) was 53.7%. Moderate and severe PPM was associated with higher mortality, both early and late after surgery.