The Radiology of Prosthetic Cardiac Valves

  • Robert M. Steiner
  • Gary S. Mintz
Part of the Radiology of Iatrogenic Disorders book series (IATROGENIC)


Since Harken et al. in 1959 and Starr and Edwards in 1960 successfully implanted the first caged-ball valve prostheses in the aortic valve, continuous and dramatic improvement in operative mortality, the quality of the prosthetic devices, and the rate of postoperative complications has been achieved. At the present time, late deaths related to prosthetic valve implantation occur in approximately 10% of patients. Death is due in large part to intrinsic cardiac problems, such as myocardial infarction and arrhythmias, and also to complications directly related to the prosthesis itself. Life-threatening complications associated with cardiac valve implantation include thromboembolism, hemolysis, paravalvular or valvular insufficiency, infection, and those of anticoagulation (1).


Aortic Valve Mitral Valve Valve Replacement Infective Endocarditis Prosthetic Valve 
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  • Gary S. Mintz

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