Late Results and Complications of Prosthetic Aortic Valves

  • Frank E. Kloster
  • Edward Murphy
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 85)


The major determinant of late results after valve replacement for chronic aortic regurgitation is left ventricular function, as has been discussed in detail in the preceding chapters. The other important factors in late mortality and morbidity are the characteristics of the different aortic valve prostheses, particularly valve-related complications and durability. This chapter will deal primarily with late postoperative results and complications in relation to aortic prosthetic valve function, since left ventricular function was covered in detail previously. A brief review of the evolution of the various aortic valve prostheses and factors directing their development and modification is helpful in understanding their advantages, disadvantages, and complications.


Aortic Valve Valve Replacement Aortic Valve Replacement Prosthetic Valve Mechanical Valve 
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