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Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Apr;95(4):1491-505. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.12.027. Epub 2013 Jan 2.

Aortic valve and ascending aorta guidelines for management and quality measures: executive summary.

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The Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Desk F-25 CT Surgery, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA. svenssl@ccf.org

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guidelines are intended to assist physicians and other health care providers in clinical decision making by describing a range of generally acceptable approaches for the diagnosis, management, or prevention of specific diseases or conditions. These guidelines should not be considered inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. Moreover, these guidelines are subject to change over time, without notice. The ultimate judgment regarding the care of a particular patient must be made by the physician in light of the individual circumstances presented by the patient.

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