Aortic valve replacement in patients over 80 years of age: a comparative standard for balloon valvuloplasty.

@article{Azariades1991AorticVR,
  title={Aortic valve replacement in patients over 80 years of age: a comparative standard for balloon valvuloplasty.},
  author={M Azariades and Cindy L Fessler and Joseph K Ritter and Albert Starr},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={1991},
  volume={5 7},
  pages={373-7}
}
Elderly patients who develop symptomatic aortic valvular malfunction have a grave prognosis. Until recently they have not been seriously considered for active treatment, such as valvular surgery or balloon valvuloplasty. Between January 1972 and July 1989, 88 patients over the age of 80 years underwent aortic valve replacement and have been prospectively followed for a total of 185 patient-years. The majority were in New York Heart Association functional class III (48%) or IV (48… CONTINUE READING

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