Dwight C. McGoon, M.D.
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Surgery for valvular rheumatic heart disease can now be accomplished with a startling degree of safety and success. It is within the surgeon's capability to replace the aortic valve at a hospital mortality rate of less than 2%, the mitral valve at 14%, and both of these valves or all three valves (including the tricuspid) at a risk of 14%. The safety of the procedure itself, however, does not yet allow recommendation for early surgery in the asymptomatic patient, since certain complications relating to prosthetic valves may appear even after an apparently normal convalescence. The selection of patients for operation
McGoon DC. The Present Status of Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;62:1073. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-5-1073_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(5):1073.
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