Choice of prosthetic heart valve in adults an update.

  title={Choice of prosthetic heart valve in adults an update.},
  author={Shahbudin H. Rahimtoola},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  volume={55 22},
In the last 7 years, more data have reconfirmed that patients' comorbid conditions are very important factors determining patient outcomes. Prosthetic heart valves (PHVs) that require aortic root replacement in the absence of aortic root disease are associated with poorer outcomes. For the vast majority of patients, the choice of PHV is between a mechanical valve and a stented bioprosthesis. The choice is largely dependent upon the age of the patient at the time of PHV implantation and on which… CONTINUE READING


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