Artificial Neural Networks Versus Multiple Logistic Regression to Predict 30-Day Mortality After Operations For Type A Ascending Aortic Dissection§

Francesco Macrina1, Paolo Emilio Puddu2, *, Alfonso Sciangula3, Fausto Trigilia1, Marco Totaro1, Fabio Miraldi1, Francesca Toscano1, Mauro Cassese3, Michele Toscano1
1 Department of the Heart and Great Vessels “Attilio Reale”, UOC of Cardiac Surgery
2 UOC Biotechnologies Applied to Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Rome "La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
3 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology, Sant’Anna Hospital, Catanzaro, Italy.

Article Metrics

CrossRef Citations:
Total Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 1341
Abstract HTML Views: 608
PDF Downloads: 344
Total Views/Downloads: 2293
Unique Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 628
Abstract HTML Views: 358
PDF Downloads: 248
Total Views/Downloads: 1234

Creative Commons License
© Macrina et al.; Licensee Bentham Open.

open-access license: This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.

* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of the Heart and Great Vessels «Attilio Reale», Complex Operative Unit of Biothecnologies Applied to Cardiovascular Diseases, University «La Sapienza», Viale del Policlinico, 155, Rome 00161, Italy; Tel: 39-06-4455291; Fax: 39-06-4441600; E-mail:



There are few comparative reports on the overall accuracy of neural networks (NN), assessed only versus multiple logistic regression (LR), to predict events in cardiovascular surgery studies and none has been performed among acute aortic dissection (AAD) Type A patients.


We aimed at investigating the predictive potential of 30-day mortality by a large series of risk factors in AAD Type A patients comparing the overall performance of NN versus LR.


We investigated 121 plus 87 AAD Type A patients consecutively operated during 7 years in two Centres. Forced and stepwise NN and LR solutions were obtained and compared, using receiver operating characteristic area under the curve (AUC) and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) and Gini’s coefficients. Both NN and LR models were re-applied to data from the second Centre to adhere to a methodological imperative with NN.


Forced LR solutions provided AUC 87.9±4.1% (CI: 80.7 to 93.2%) and 85.7±5.2% (CI: 78.5 to 91.1%) in the first and second Centre, respectively. Stepwise NN solution of the first Centre had AUC 90.5±3.7% (CI: 83.8 to 95.1%). The Gini’s coefficients for LR and NN stepwise solutions of the first Centre were 0.712 and 0.816, respectively. When the LR and NN stepwise solutions were re-applied to the second Centre data, Gini’s coefficients were, respectively, 0.761 and 0.850. Few predictors were selected in common by LR and NN models: the presence of pre-operative shock, intubation and neurological symptoms, immediate post-operative presence of dialysis in continuous and the quantity of post-operative bleeding in the first 24 h. The length of extracorporeal circulation, post-operative chronic renal failure and the year of surgery were specifically detected by NN.


Different from the International Registry of AAD, operative and immediate post-operative factors were seen as potential predictors of short-term mortality. We report a higher overall predictive accuracy with NN than with LR. However, the list of potential risk factors to predict 30-day mortality after AAD Type A by NN model is not enlarged significantly.

Key Words:: Neural networks, logistic function, prediction, ascending aortic dissection, Type A, 30-day mortality..