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What is the life expectance after successful repair of aortic dissection?

What length of life expectancy can be expected after a successful Dacron graft repair for an aortic dissection? Patient is 51 years old and his BP is well-controlled, also has healthy lifestyle. 

submitted by Christy from Texas on 1/8/2014


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Scott A. LeMaire, MD  

LeMaire_web2Although specific information about overall life expectancy after aortic dissection repair is not available, a recent study from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection reported that about 85% of patients who have undergone successful repair of acute dissection involving the ascending aorta remain alive at 5 years. Patients who were more than 70 years of age or had developed stroke, coma or kidney failure after the operation were at increased risk for death during the follow-up period.

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