What causes hospital readmission following AVR surgery?

Close follow-up can reduce complications and hospital readmission following aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. While a study found that the causes of readmission were multiple, the three most common causes were heart failure, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and postoperative complications, all directly attributable to the primary operation.

Cardiac surgeons have been very successful at reducing immediate complications and mortality rates following AVR. The next challenge is to anticipate these problems and reduce readmission rates and the associated costs. Experts hope that future research will be able to identify practice patterns that will successfully reduce readmissions.

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