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Can J Cardiol. 2013 Mar;29(3):337-49. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2012.11.006. Epub 2013 Jan 26.

Imaging of valvular heart disease.

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  • 1Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Department of Medicine, Laval University, Québec, Québec, Canada. philippe.pibarot@med.ulaval.ca


Imaging plays a fundamental role in the current diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease (VHD) and in the preclinical and clinical research aiming at the development of novel pharmacologic or interventional therapies. Doppler echocardiography remains the primary imaging technique for the clinical management of VHD. However, the multifaceted and complex nature of VHD and the rapid development of transcatheter valve therapies has led to a spectacular increase in the use of multimodality imaging in the past decade. The purpose of this article is to review the current and emerging roles of the different imaging modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of VHD and to present the new directions for future research and clinical applications.

Copyright © 2013 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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