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Recommendations for the echocardiographic assessment of native valvular regurgitation: an executive summary from the Europea Association of Cardiovascular Imaging

Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular regurgitation represents an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Echocardiography has become the primary non-invasive imaging method for the evaluation of valvular regurgitation. The echocardiographic assessment of valvular regurgitation should integrate the quantification of the regurgitation, assessment of the valve anatomy and function, as well as the consequences of valvular disease on cardiac chambers. In clinical practice, the management of patients with valvular regurgitation thus largely integrates the results of echocardiography.

It is crucial to provide standards that aim at establishing a baseline list of measurements to be performed when assessing regurgitation.


Notes to editor

Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging (2013) 14 (7): 611-644 doi:10.1093/ehjci/jet105
The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.