Chapter

Valvular Heart Disease

Alec Vahanian, Bernard Iung, Luc Piérard, Robert Dion and John Pepper

in The ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Second edition

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566990
Published online August 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199572854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199566990.003.021
Valvular Heart                   Disease

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Valvular heart disease (VHD), although not as common as coronary disease, heart failure, or hypertension, is an important, and challenging, clinical entity. It is of interest for the following reasons: substantial advances have been made in the understanding of its pathophysiology; important changes in patient characteristics and aetiologies have occurred over recent years; diagnosis is now largely dominated by non-invasive imaging, especially echocardiography which has become the standard to evaluate valve structure and function; and, finally, treatment has not only developed through the continuing progress in prosthetic valve technology, but also has been re-orientated by the development of conservative surgical techniques and the development of interventional cardiology....

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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