Prevention of valve prosthesis—patient mismatch before aortic valve replacement : does it matter and is it feasible?

Authors: Pibarot, PhilippeDumesnil, Jean G.
Abstract: In this issue of Heart, Bleiziffer et al present a study evaluating the best method to predict valve prosthesis–patient mismatch (VP–PM) before aortic valve replacement. As they point out, VP–PM remains a controversial issue, and the use of different methods to identify VP–PM might have contributed to the contradictory results reported in previous studies. Their findings are important from two standpoints: (1) they demonstrate that not all methods are equally efficient in this regard and that in fact some approaches that purport to attain this objective are for all practical purposes useless; (2) they further confirm that when the right method is used, VP–PM can be predicted and also largely prevented by using a simple strategy at the time of operation.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 May 2007
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Heart, Vol. 93 (5), 549–551 (2007)
BMJ Pub. Group
Alternative version: 10.1136/hrt.2006.107672
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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