The Authors' reply
- Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Correspondence to Dr Joon Bum Kim, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine,388-1 Pungnap-dong Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, South Korea;
Contributors JBK, JWL participated in writing the manuscript.
We thank Gursoy and Hatemi for their interest in our article1 and appreciate the editor for the opportunity to reply. Following the surgical correction of left-side heart valve diseases, persistent pulmonary hypertension predisposes to aggravation of tricuspid valve (TV) function; however, whether preoperative pulmonary hypertension is associated with postoperative TV dysfunction is controversial.2 3 In our practice, preoperative level of pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) might not have affected the decision to repair functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) …