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Factors leading to aortic valve replacement after previous cardiac surgery

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The American Journal of Cardiology (Impact Factor: 3.43). 02/2002; 89(1):88-91. DOI: 10.1016/S0002-9149(01)02174-9
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ABSTRACT Clinically insignificant aortic valve disease can progress rapidly after cardiac surgery, necessitating reoperation within a few years. This study characterizes disease progression in a series of 41 patients who returned for aortic valve replacement after previous cardiac surgery to help identify patients who would benefit from prophylactic valve replacement.

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