Title

Aortic valve disease: a practical clinical approach

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Date

7-31-2004

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Aortic Valve Insufficiency; Aortic Valve Stenosis; Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation; Humans; Treatment Outcome; Vasodilator Agents

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

The diagnosis and treatment of aortic valve disease can be challenging for the clinician. Aortic regurgitation (AR) may be evaluated with Doppler echocardiography or catheterization. Medical therapy consists of vasodilators. Surgery may be appropriate for patients with symptoms, left ventricular dilatation or diminished left ventricle systolic function. Aortic stenosis (AS) can be evaluated with the same modalities as AR. There is evidence that statin therapy may slow the progression of AS. Contrary to conventional wisdom, vasodilators are safe and effective in certain patients. Surgical valve replacement is performed for symptoms and in certain asymptomatic patients.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Minerva Cardioangiol. 2004 Aug;52(4):263-72.

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Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Minerva cardioangiologica

PubMed ID

15284677