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Long-term Results of Aortic Valve Replacement with the Starr-Edwards Valve

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5637.139 (Published 18 January 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:139
  1. James Fleming,
  2. John Hamer,
  3. Graham Hayward,
  4. O. S. Tubbs,
  5. Ian Hill

    Abstract

    Review of the 74 patients undergoing aortic valve replacement with a Starr–Edwards ball-valve prosthesis between October 1963 and December 1967 showed that 16 died during surgery or within the first month after operation, usually owing to myocardial failure; and there were nine late deaths. The remaining patients developed few major complications, and the long-term results of operation are considered satisfactory, no patient being grossly incapacitated and most of them are leading active, symptom-free lives.