Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important in the management of valvular heart disease. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association task force has been instrumental in providing comprehensive practice guidelines to help clinicians manage valve diseases. Nonivasive techniques for surveillance of left ventricular function, quantification of valvular dysfunction, and continued improvements in surgical techniques have contributed to improved survival and decreased morbidity in patients with chronic valvular heart disease. The management of valvular diseases in women is similar to that in men, but there are certain special considerations, as outlined in this review.
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- Pharmacology (medical)