Postinfarction Ventricular Septal Rupture
Surgical Considerations and Results
Twenty-two patients had ventricular septal rupture complicating acute myocardial infarction. Sixteen of the 22 patients underwent surgical repair. The clinical findings, catheterization data, and operative results suggest that closure of the rupture should be delayed when possible from three to six weeks after the infarction to allow firm fibrous healing of the region. When surgery is thus delayed, the operative risks are smaller and the long-term results are good.
- Received August 31, 1973.
- Accepted October 15, 1973.
- © 1974 American Heart Association, Inc.