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New Guidelines Issued for Prosthetic Valve Evaluation

from Medical Medical News

The American Society of Echocardiography's Guidelines and Standards Committee and the Task Force on Prosthetic Valves have issued new guidelines for evaluation of prosthetic valves. "Over the last 40 years, a large variety of prosthetic valves have been developed with the aim of improving blood flow function, increasing durability and reducing complications," guidelines chair and lead author William A. Zoghbi, MD, from Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, said in a news release. “Nevertheless, there is no ideal valve and all prosthetic valves are prone to dysfunction. The guidelines are critical to handling the evaluation of prosthetic valves and emphasize the importance of echocardiography." more

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