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Evolution of the concept and practice of mitral valve repair

Authors: Lawrence H. Cohn, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Taufiek K. Rajab

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The first successful mitral valve repair was performed by Elliot Cutler at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1923. Subsequent evolution in the surgical techniques as well as multi-disciplinary cooperation between cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists has resulted in excellent outcomes. In spite of this, the etiology of mitral valve pathology ultimately determines the outcome of mitral valve repair.

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