Factors leading to aortic valve replacement after previous cardiac surgery

ArticleinThe American Journal of Cardiology 89(1):88-91 · February 2002with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.28 · DOI: 10.1016/S0002-9149(01)02174-9 · Source: PubMed

    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.