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Postoperative Management of Patients with Implanted Valvular Prostheses

  • Steven G. Meister
  • Nelson M. Wolf

Abstract

Steady improvement in cardiac surgical techniques and prosthetic devices during the past two decades has made the postoperative management of valvular surgery patients enormously easier than it once was. Today, if patients are good surgical candidates, and if the procedure has gone smoothly, survival is the rule, and postoperative management is usually not critical. However, since patients are often not ideal candidates and surgery is not always perfect, skilled postoperative care can save lives that would otherwise be lost. In this chapter we will review the principles and techniques of postoperative management from the standpoint of the medical cardiologist. Since early postoperative management and long-term management typically involve somewhat different sets of problems they will be dealt with in separate sections.

Keywords

Mitral Valve Infective Endocarditis Aortic Regurgitation Prosthetic Valve Atrial Flutter 
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  • Steven G. Meister
  • Nelson M. Wolf

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