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Management of Mild Aortic Stenosis During Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: An Update, 1992–2001

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Background:“Prophylactic” aortic valve replacement (AVR) in patients with asymptomatic, mild-to-moderate aortic stenosis (AS) at the time of CABG is controversial. In 1994, we reported our initial experience involving 44 patients and have now updated our series in an attempt to further evaluate outcomes. Methods: Between January 1992 and July 2001, 100 consecutive patients underwent reoperative AVR following previous CABG. Forty patients had their initial surgery at the Brigham & Women's Hospital (BWH) and 60 patients had their coronary surgery elsewhere. None of the 40 BWH patients had a mean valve gradient greater than 25 mmHg at the time of CABG. Results: The mean time interval from CABG to AVR for the entire group was 9.0 years (range: 1.4–21 years). Overall operative mortality (OM) was 7% including 5 deaths (10.2%) among 49 patients requiring additional CABG at the time of AVR and 2 deaths (3.9%) among 51 patients without additional coronary artery intervention. This OM rate was a notable decrease from our earlier report of 18.2% (P = 0.07). Furthermore, operative mortality decreased progressively from 15.4% in 1992–1993 to 0% in 2000–2001 (P = NS). Conclusion: The OM of reoperative AVR following CABG has fallen in recent years. Given the relevance of newer techniques and approaches, it may be reasonable to adopt an expectant management approach in patients with asymptomatic mild-to-moderate AS (i.e., mean systolic gradient less than 25 mmHg) at the time of CABG. (J Card Surg 2003;18:507-511)
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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