Red cell distribution width is a prognostic marker of perioperative stroke in patients undergoing cardiac valve surgery.
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"Numerous studies have shown that elevated red cell distribution width (RDW) is associated with poor outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or stroke. The usefulness of the RDW as a predictor of perioperative stroke in patients with valve disease undergoing valve surgery is currently unknown. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prognostic value of RDW for stroke in the early postoperative period in patients undergoing valve replacement or repair surgery."1
1. Red cell distribution width is a prognostic marker of perioperative stroke in patients undergoing cardiac valve surgery.
Duchnowski P, Hryniewiecki T, Kusmierczyk M, Szymanski P.
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Dec 1;25(6):925-929