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Diseases of the Aortic Valve - Theme from the E-Journal of Cardiology Practice

The incidence of Aortic Valve Disease has not decreased in the West due largely to increasing populations. While the disease can cause syncope or severe life-threatening arrhythmias, in many cases it remains totally asymptomatic for years, underlining the importance of early diagnosis and the means necessary to obtain it.

There has been continued progress in the treatment of the disease. Until recently, the only available option was surgical aortic valve replacement, but now, a far less invasive endovascular aortic valve replacement procedure can be achieved at lower operative risk.

From its history to its clinical features and diagnostic aspects, this series takes an in-depth look at Aortic Valve Disease including practical, detailed information on the echocardiogram.

D.L. Clement, Editor-in-chief, E-journal

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