Acute Type A Aortic Dissection and Early Hazard Mortality: New Statistical Approaches and Room for Improvement
Nearly 35 years have now lapsed since the first successful reports of emergency surgical treatment of patients with acute type A aortic dissections. Despite the tremendous advances that have occurred in cardiac surgery since the 1960s, the early operative mortality rates probably remain in the 25%–40% range if all hospitals worldwide were sampled. Even in centers with special interest and expertise in thoracic aortic surgery, the reported mortality rates still exceed 15%–20% in most reports. Why has this challenging clinical problem remained so relatively unconquered?
KeywordsAortic Dissection Acute Type Report Mortality Rate Aortic Root Replacement Thoracic Aortic Surgery
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