W. PROCTOR HARVEY, M.D.; JACK P. SEGAL, M.D.; CHARLES A. HUFNAGEL, M.D.
During the last five years at Georgetown University Medical Center we have had the unique opportunity of evaluating over 300 patients with severe aortic insufficiency of various causes, the most common being rheumatic fever (over 80%). Most were seen for consideration of surgical correction of their lesions utilizing the artificial plastic aortic valve. The aortic insufficiency was severe and of an advanced degree. Practically all of the patients had progressive symptoms of cardiac decompensation or angina pectoris or both despite adequate medical therapy. It should be emphasized that only patients with severe degrees of aortic insufficiency are included in
HARVEY WP, SEGAL JP, HUFNAGEL CA. UNUSUAL CLINICAL FEATURES ASSOCIATED WITH SEVERE AORTIC INSUFFICIENCY1. Ann Intern Med. 1957;47:27–38. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-1-27
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(1):27-38.
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