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Our goal is to reduce the burden in cardiovascular disease in Europe through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions.
Promoting excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention.
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To improve quality of life and logevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.
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OUR MISSION: TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
OBJECTIVES We sought to review our experience in patients with severely impaired left ventricular function (ejection fraction (EF) ≤ 30%) who underwent minimally invasive mitral valve (MV) surgery (Mini-MV).METHODS Between 1999 and 2010, a total of 3450 patients underwent Mini-MV surgery at our institution. Of these, 177 had severely impaired left ventricular function (EF < 30%, including ischaemic and non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy). Primary indication for surgery was MV regurgitation in all but 5 patients (2.8%), who were diagnosed with mixed regurgitation and stenosis. Mean age of patients was 67 ± 11 years and 110 were male (62.1%). Mean EuroSCORE predicted risk of mortality was 14.7 ± 13.6%.RESULTS MV repair was accomplished in 86.4% of patients (n = 153), and MV replacement was performed in 13.6% (n = 24). Primary MV repair included implantation of a rigid annuloplasty ring (mean size 29.5 ± 2.2 mm) in 95.4% of patients, and additional MV procedures as required. Concomitant procedures consisted of tricuspid valve surgery in 15.3% of patients, atrial fibrillation ablation in 27.1% and atrial septal defect/persistent foramen ovale closure in 5.6%. The duration of cardiopulmonary bypass was 123 ± 64 min and aortic cross-clamp time was 67 ± 27 min. Thirty-day mortality was 7.9%. The mean follow-up time was 3 ± 2.5 years, and the follow-up was 94.0% complete. Ten-year survival was 45.5% (95% CI: 35.2–55.9) for the overall group. The rate of MV-related reintervention was 4%, while heart transplantation was performed in 6%.CONCLUSIONS Mini-MV surgery in patients with significantly impaired left ventricular function can be performed with a reasonable operative mortality and acceptable long-term survival for this high-risk patient cohort.