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Valvular disease 

Valvular disease
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Valvular disease
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10.1093/med/9780199651344.003.0004
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date: 27 May 2020

Valvular disorders such as regurgitation or stenosis can affect any of the four heart valves, although they are more likely to cause problems to the valves on the left side of the heart than the right, due to higher pressures on the left side. In many cases the symptoms of valvular disease take many years to develop and may be gradual in onset and severity. Some of the signs and symptoms experienced are related to heart failure. The patient can be managed medically but may eventually require valve replacement or repair. Over the last few years newer techniques have been developed for replacing or repairing valves. The aim of this chapter is to discuss the causes, signs and symptoms, and management of valvular disorders.

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