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Commentary: The Shrinking Role of the Freestyle Aortic Bioprostheses in Younger Patients

  • Leora B. Balsam
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    Address reprint requests to Leora B. Balsam, MD, Division of Cardiac Surgery, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655.
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    Division of Cardiac Surgery, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
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Published:September 06, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.semtcvs.2021.09.001
      Should the Freestyle aortic bioprosthesis be implanted in younger patients? Outcomes of a new study call this practice into question.
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      • Freestyle Aortic Bioprostheses in Patients 60 Years old and Younger
        Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryVol. 34Issue 3
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          Evaluate outcomes of the Freestyle stentless aortic bioprosthesis in patients 60 years old and younger. All patients, 60 years old and younger, between January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2015 who underwent implantation of a Freestyle aortic valve at a single institution were reviewed. Medical records and telephone interviews were utilized for data collection. 515 patients were identified with an average age of 51.3 years. Mean follow up was 11.1 years. 225 full root replacements and 290 subcoronary implants were performed.
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