Sudden cardiac death after aortic valve surgery: incidence and concomitant factors.


A retrospective analysis of 599 consecutive patients after aortic valve surgery aged 7-82 years (mean 56) was performed. During a follow-up of 1-14 years (mean 4.7 years) a 4-week perioperative mortality of 6.9% and a late annual mortality of 3.6% were observed. Sudden cardiac death was the most frequent single cause of death, accounting for 24% of all… (More)


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