Features July 2013 Issue

Research: Aortic Valve Repair Shows Durability

New guidelines also address the evaluation and treatment of all patients with aortic valve disease.

A recent study of surgical aortic valve repair shows that five years out from surgery, there are relatively few complications, low mortality rates and significant device durability. The research also noted that among survivors of aortic valve repair operations, only 16 percent were still taking the anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) five years later. Thatís encouraging news for younger patients who donít want to face long-term warfarin use.

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