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Table 1 Preoperative clinical characteristics of 24 patients with recurrent constrictive pericarditis in the study cohort

From: Re-pericardiectomy for recurrent chronic constrictive pericarditis: left anterolateral thoracotomy is a better approach

  Median sternotomy (n = 16) Left anterolateral thoracotomy (n = 8) P
Age (years) 31.4 ± 8.6 28.9 ± 8.8 0.76
Sex(M:F) 9:7 5:3 0.53
Interval between two operations (years) 6.4 ± 3.1 5.3 ± 4.1 0.42
peripheral venous pressure (cmH2O) 30.4 ± 9.2 28.9 ± 8.8 0.82
Cardiac rhythm (SR:AF) 9:7 4:4 0.88
NYHA    
II(%) 3 1 0.25
III (%) 6 3 0.37
IV(%) 7 4 0.41
LVEF (%) 53.5 ± 10.7 52.8 ± 7.6 0.65
  1. Abbreviations: LVEF left ventricular ejection fraction, SR Sinus Rhythm, AF Atrial Fibrillation, NYHA New York Heart Association, M Males, F Females