The valve of choice in elderly patients and its influence on quality of life: a long-term comparative study.


BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Mechanical heart valves are preferred for younger patients in order to avoid valve structural deterioration, but bioprosthetic valves are favored for older patients to avoid long-term anticoagulation. With increasing patient longevity, controversy persists regarding the valve of choice in the 65- to 75-year-old population… (More)


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