Surgery for Cardiac Valve Disease

Rakesh M. Suri and Thomas A. Orszulak

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Surgery for Cardiac Valve Disease

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The decision to perform an operation for valvular disease is complex and requires a meld of multidisciplinary expertise and considerable diagnostic effort. However, the history and physical examination are as important as everything else for making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. The indications for operation are based on historical events in cardiac surgery, natural history studies, and current published studies. This chapter discusses the approach to correcting valvular heart disease and illustrates a major concept: Repair of any valve is always preferable to replacement if it can be done safely and durably.

Chapter.  3745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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