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Results of surgical septal myectomy for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: the Tufts experience

	author = {Hassan Rastegar and Griffin Boll and Ethan J. Rowin and Noreen Dolan and Catherine Carroll and James E. Udelson and Wendy Wang and Philip Carpino and Barry J. Maron and Martin S. Maron and Frederick Y. Chen},
	title = {Results of surgical septal myectomy for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: the Tufts experience},
	journal = {Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery},
	volume = {6},
	number = {4},
	year = {2017},
	keywords = {},
	abstract = {Background: For over 50 years, surgical septal myectomy has been the preferred treatment for drug-refractory heart failure symptoms in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Over this time in the United States, the majority of myectomy operations have been performed in a small number of select referral centers.
Methods: We have taken the opportunity to report results from the relatively new Tufts HCM Center and surgical program, incorporated 13 years ago, during which 507 myectomies (52±14 years of age; 56% male) were performed by one cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hassan Rastegar.
Results: Resting left ventricular (LV) outflow gradients were reduced from 56±42 mmHg preoperatively to 1.2±6.8 mmHg on most recent echocardiogram 2.0±2.5 years after surgery, and 94% of patients showed clinical improvement to NYHA functional class I or II. The first 200 myectomies were performed without mortality or major complications. Among all patients, 30-day mortality rate was 0.8%. Over follow-up of 3.2±2.8 years, 11 patients died (four due to HCM causes) with long-term survival after myectomy of 94% at 5 years (95% CI: 89–96%) and 91% at 10 years (95% CI: 84–95%), which did not differ from the age- and gender-matched general U.S. population (log-rank P=0.9).
Conclusions: This experience demonstrates that, with the appropriate support, new HCM surgical programs can provide patients successful relief of outflow obstruction, extended longevity and restored of quality of life.},
	issn = {2225-319X},	url = {}