Rodríguez-Caulo and colleagues report a retrospective multicenter study on almost 1,500 patients aged 50-65 who underwent aortic valve replacement with mechanical or biological prosthesis. The mean length of follow-up was 8 years. There was no significant difference in survival between the valve types.
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Biological or Mechanical Prostheses for Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients Aged 50–65 Years: The ANDALVALVE Study
June 28, 2019
In Global News: Updated US TAVR Coverage Decision, 3D Modeling for Chest Wall Reconstruction, and Disparity in Eligibility for Lung Cancer Screening
June 28, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest San Francisco, California, passed an ordinance to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the city, the first such ordinance in the USA.
June 28, 2019
In this systematic review, Arnaoutakis and colleagues evaluated the repair durability and survival of patients who underwent repair for a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Twenty-six studies were evaluated after full exclusion criteria were applied. BAV repair was demonstrated to have low operative mortality and excellent 5-year survival.
June 20, 2019
Pouya Youssefi of Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, France, presents annuloplasty techniques in aortic root repair.
Characteristics of Surgical Prosthetic Heart Valves and Problems Around Labelling: A Document From the EACTS—STS—AATS Valve Labelling Task Force
June 19, 2019
This position paper written by the EACTS, STS, and AATS Valve Labeling Task Force focuses on problems around sizing and labeling of various prosthetic valves.
June 11, 2019
Tom C. Nguyen moderates a discussion of the recently published trials on TAVR in low-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, focusing on the implications these studies have for surgeons.
Short- and Long-Term Outcomes of Aortic Root Repair and Replacement in Patients Undergoing Acute Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: Twenty-Year Experience
May 20, 2019
Discussion and critique editorials accompany this report on extensive emergency surgical treatment of aortic dissection, fueling an important debate.
World's First Randomized Study of Mini-Sternotomy AVR Versus Conventional AVR: 271 Patients and the Results Might Surprise You
May 16, 2019
I believe that this is the world's first randomized controlled trial of mini aortic valve replacement (AVR) versus full sternotomy AVR.
May 14, 2019
Abdelhadi Ismail of the Southampton University Hospitals Trust in the UK presents an educational series on cardiac anatomy in which he discusses some of the fundamental concepts.
Highlighting Recent Research: Prognosis of Severe Asymptomatic Aortic Stenosis With and Without Surgery
May 10, 2019
Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis whose initial treatment recommendation was to have an early aortic valve replacement had better survival after two years than patients who were watchfully waiting for symptoms to emerge.