Echocardiography in Valvular Heart Disease

Echocardiography in Valvular Heart Disease


My area of research is in valve disease and
I’ve always found valvular heart to be the most interesting from a physiologic standpoint. It also is well-diagnosed with using imaging
which is my specialty, echocardiography. So it’s been a great way to combine my interest
in cardiovascular physiology and imaging. Well my area of research is on mitral regurgitation,
which is a leak across the valve and specifically, this type of leak across the valve occurs
after heart attacks. It’s a very common cause of morbidity and
mortality following heart attacks and results in a lot of hospitalizations and deaths. It’s interesting physiologically and to assess
why folks or why patients after heart attacks develop mitral regurgitation, and it’s also
been very interesting in terms of trying to figure out better ways to treat this problem. So I was honored to be the co-chair of a recent
joint guidelines published by the American Society of Echo and the European Cardiovascular
Imaging Society on severe aortic stenosis. And this guideline focused on the echocardiographic
assessment of severe aortic stenosis and it put forth a new classification scheme for
severe aortic stenosis as well as an algorithm in how do we approach and diagnose this important
valvular heart disease.

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