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New Guidelines Issued for Valvular Heart Disease — Physician’s First Watch

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March 4, 2014

New Guidelines Issued for Valvular Heart Disease

By Larry Husten

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new practice guidelines for the medical, surgical, and postoperative management of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD).

Among its notable features, the document includes a new system of classification:

  • Stage A: people with risk factors that place them at risk for VHD;

  • Stage B: people with asymptomatic but progressive, mild-to-moderate VHD;

  • Stage C: people with asymptomatic but severe VHD.

  • Stage D: people with severe VHD who have developed symptoms.

Adapted from CardioExchange

Reader Comments (2)

pedro amonte Physician, Cardiology, Hospital Evangelico

I find that now we have guidelines of several asyntomatic situations and how to apprroach de particular one with our patient

FRANK MILLER Physician, Radiology, Self

These guidelines are vital to offering the highest quality care for valvular disease

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