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Contributors GJM wrote the article, AO and MF analysed the UK National Audit Data and provided the figures. All the authors have read the article and approved its contents.
Competing interests GJM is supported by British Heart Foundation grant CH/12/1/29419. He has also received financial support from Vascutek for attending scientific meetings. AO is a proctor for Thoraflex Hybrid Stentgraft from Vascutek and has also received financial support from Vascutek, Medtronic and Edward Lifesciences for attending scientific meetings.
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