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2017 ESC/EACTS Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease

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Last updated:25th Aug 2017

Since the previous version of the guidelines on the management of VHD was published in 2012, new evidence has accumulated, particularly on percutaneous interventional techniques and on risk stratification with regard to timing of intervention in VHD. This made a revision of the recommendations necessary.

Decision making in VHD involves accurate diagnosis, timing of intervention, risk assessment and, based on these, selection of the most suitable type of intervention. These guidelines focus on acquired VHD, are oriented towards management and do not deal with endocarditis or congenital valve disease, including pulmonary valve disease, as separate guidelines have been published by the ESC on these topics.


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