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Priorities in Cardiac Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease

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Kirsten Finucane ,

Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology Services, Starship Hospital, Auckland, NZ
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Nigel Wilson

Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology Services, Starship Hospital, Auckland, NZ
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Abstract

This review outlines a philosophy of surgical cardiac care for rheumatic heart disease, which has evolved over the past 2 decades, in the young in the Oceania region. Topics covered include the optimal timing of surgery, recommended strategies for mitral and aortic valve disease, and the importance of the team approach to these patients. There is a global priority for more cardiac surgeons to become skilled in repair of the rheumatic mitral valve. Surgeons operating on patients from remote regions with RHD are encouraged to audit outcomes and help these communities develop their health services to optimize continued RHD care.

How to Cite: Finucane K, Wilson N. Priorities in Cardiac Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease. Global Heart. 2013;8(3):213–20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2013.08.010
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Published on 01 Sep 2013.
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