Valvular Heart Disease
Edition #397 | June 2012
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- Identify the first-line test for evaluating the etiology of heart murmur.
- Identify the appropriate test when a discrepancy exists between the clinical and echocardiographic findings in a patient with a heart murmur.
- Identify the cardiac valve dysfunction which, when severe and symptomatic, is a contraindication to stress testing.
- State the indications for valve surgery in patients with aortic stenosis.
- Identify the treatment of choice for most patients with moderate to severe mitral stenosis.
- Explain how anticoagulation therapy should be modified if a thromboembolic event occurs in a patient already receiving anticoagulation therapy because of placement of a mechanical heart valve.
- Explain the approach to anticoagulation therapy when surgery is required in a patient who has a mechanical heart valve.
- Identify the types of procedures for which endocarditis prophylaxis is recommended.
- Identify the heart valve lesion that most typically requires management during pregnancy.
- Describe an acceptable approach to anticoagulation during pregnancy for patients who have a mechanical heart valve.
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