- It is estimated that more than 125 million people live with ischemic heart disease globally, and each year in the United States, 720,000 have a first myocardial infarction resulting in hospital admission or death.1,2 Approximately 35% of those who experience a coronary event in a given year die because of it, and each death is associated with an average of 16 years of life lost. Ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) is the single largest cause of heart failure (HF), although the underlying causes are often multifactorial and overlapping.
- The objective of this project was to provide an update to the previously published consensus 2015 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) evidence-based guidelines for the management of ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR).
- We are very pleased to update The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Consensus Guidelines on ischemic mitral valve regurgitation (IMR) (Figure 1). These Guidelines were developed based on the results of published randomized clinical trials, large observational studies, and the expert opinion of the authors. Subsequent to the publication of the 2015 AATS IMR Guidelines,1 the 2-year follow-up results of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) severe and moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) trials were published.
- The objective of this project was to establish consensus 2015 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) evidence-based guidelines for the management of ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR).
- The medical profession should play a central role in evaluating the evidence related to drugs, devices, and procedures for the detection, management, and prevention of disease. When properly applied, expert analysis of available data on the benefits and risks of these therapies and procedures can improve the quality of care, optimize patient outcomes, and favorably affect costs by focusing resources on the most effective strategies. An organized and directed approach to a thorough review of evidence has resulted in the production of clinical practice guidelines that assist physicians in selecting the best management strategy for an individual patient.