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OBJECTIVES We evaluated the durability of aortic valve preservation with root reconstruction for acute type A aortic dissection (AAAD). METHODS From January 2002 to March 2011, 140 patients [70 males, 68 ± 12 (SD) years] underwent emergency operation for AAAD. The aortic valve was preserved and one or more Valsalva sinuses were reconstructed. Techniques(More)
BACKGROUND Although the MAZE procedure allows for the recovery of sinus rhythm and left atrial (LA) mechanical function in the great majority of patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF), the effects of MAZE on the precise LA geometry and wall motion remain to be elucidated. We hypothesized that LA size and mechanical function in patients with chronic(More)
BACKGROUND Severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) sometimes develops late after left-sided valve surgery without left heart failure, pulmonary hypertension or rheumatic tricuspid valve. The purpose of the present study was to investigate clinical characteristics and mechanisms of severe isolated TR late after left-sided valve surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS A(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) is considered a time-related event. The study aim was to compare the clinical characteristics and outcomes of early- and late-onset PVE, and to investigate potential preventive measures for each condition. METHODS A total of 47 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for PVE between(More)
BACKGROUND  According to the Japanese Circulation Society guidelines, a bioprosthesis is recommended for aortic valve replacement (AVR) in patients aged ≥65 years who have no risk factors for thromboembolism. There are few data, however, regarding the actual durability of bioprosthetic valves in Japanese patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the left atrial appendage (LAA) is excised to prevent thrombosis in the maze procedure, it remains unclear whether LAA is retained in expectation of LAA booster function. Therefore, we quantitatively assessed LAA size and function after the maze procedure in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) and mitral valve disease (MVD),(More)
BACKGROUND There is discordance regarding the effect of symptom status before aortic valve replacement (AVR) on long-term outcome after AVR in severe aortic stenosis (AS).Methods and Results:The CURRENT AS registry is a multicenter retrospective registry enrolling 3,815 consecutive patients with severe AS. Among 1,196 patients managed with the initial AVR(More)