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Valvular Heart Disease in Adults

Edition #457 | June 2017

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  • Describe recommended monitoring intervals for echocardiograms for asymptomatic patients with valvular heart disease (VHD).
  • Summarize recommendations for the screening of first-degree relatives of patients with bicuspid aortic valves to identify family members with bicuspid valves or thoracic aortic aneurysms.
  • Describe the principles of noninvasive medical treatment of patients with VHD.
  • Summarize the indications for open surgical valve replacement versus transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis.
  • Prescribe an appropriate antithrombotic regimen for patients who have undergone surgical or transcatheter heart valve replacement.
  • Recommend appropriate physical activity regimens for patients taking anticoagulant drugs.
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