At the request of the Councils of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Standardizing Definitions of Prosthetic Heart Valve Morbidity reviewed the "Guidelines" published in September 1988 [3, 7, 8]. The purpose of the review was to update and clarify definitions within the guidelines and to consider recommendations made by other [2, 11]. The variety of cardiac valvular procedures has expanded since 1988; therefore, in this document the term "operated valve" indicates prosthetic and bioprosthetic heart valves of all types, operated or repaired native valves and allograft and autograft valves. The term "operated valve" includes any cardiac valve altered by a surgeon during an operation. Much morbidity and mortality is a direct consequence of the interaction between the patient and operated valve(s), although patient variables (e.g., age, degree of coronary arterial disease, follow-up care, etc.) may be more responsible for outcomes than an operated valve. However, no set of guidelines can identify all possible patient factors that may affect morbidity and mortality. General agreement regarding the following definitions of terms and suggestions for reporting data do not preclude more detailed analyses or constructive recommendations and investigators are encouraged to identify relevant patient factors in addition to factors related to operated valves. Purpose The purpose of these guidelines is to facilitate the analysis and reporting of results of operations on diseased cardiac valves. The definitions and recommendations that follow are guidelines, not standards, and are designed to facilitate comparisons between the experiences of different surgeons who treat different cohorts of patients at different times with different techniques and materials.
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