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Commentary: A Puzzle With Many “Moving” Parts

      Postoperative cardiorespiratory fitness improves after proximal thoracic aortic aneurysm repair but not after acute Type A aortic dissection repair; the explanation is multifaceted.
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      • Cardiorespiratory Fitness After Open Repair for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection – A Prospective Study
        Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryVol. 34Issue 3
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          Cardiorespiratory fitness (as measured by peak oxygen consumption [VO2peak]) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. Limited data exist on VO2peak following repair for an acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) or proximal thoracic aortic aneurysm (pTAA). This study prospectively evaluated VO2peak, functional capacity, and health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) following open repair. Participants with a history of an ATAAD (n = 21) or pTAA (n = 43) performed cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX), 6-minute walk testing, and HR-QOL at 3 (early) and 15 (late) months following open repair.
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