Tissue versus mechanical prostheses: quality of life in octogenarians.

  title={Tissue versus mechanical prostheses: quality of life in octogenarians.},
  author={Mariano Vicchio and Alessandro Della Corte and Luca Salvatore De Santo and Marisa de Feo and Giuseppe Caianiello and Michelangelo Scardone and Maurizio Cotrufo},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={85 4},
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine whether changes in prognosis and quality of life (QOL) after aortic valve replacement (AVR) in octogenarians differ depending on the choice of mechanical (MP) or tissue (BP) valves. METHODS Between July 1992 and September 2006, 160 consecutive octogenarians underwent AVR with (18.8%) or without concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting. At follow-up (mean 3.4 +/- 2.8 years, 552 patient-years, 98.3% complete), 121 were still alive and… CONTINUE READING