Clinical Update Thirty-Eight: Improved Mortality

Improved mortality for mechanical valve patients Several recent clinical trials provide evidence of superior durability, reoperation rates and mortality for mechanical valve recipients compared to biological valve recipients.1-9   Matched study results favor mechanical valves In an abstract presented earlier this year at the Society of Thoracic Surgery, Weber, et al., of Switzerland offered the […]

Clinical Update Thirty-Two: Mechanical Over Tissue

The advantage of mechanical over tissue prostheses in mitral patients A comprehensive study of mitral valve repair vs. mitral valve replacement reveals that the least acceptable outcomes occur in tissue valve mitral replacement patients.   Clinicians at Duke University in North Carolina published a study that shows an expected advantage in survival for patients with […]

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