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John B Chambers

Introduction Echocardiography is the key to the detection and initial assessment of valve disease. A murmur leading to echocardiography is a common path to a valve clinic. Beyond this the examination is of relatively minor importance. However

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John B Chambers and Richard P Steeds

assess and follow patients in a specialist valve clinic ( 3 ). The specialists in this clinic are also responsible for inpatient care, for managing programmes to improve the detection of valve disease, to train health-workers and to educate patients ( 4

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Sanjeev Bhattacharyya, Denise Parkin, and Keith Pearce

-up so intervention can be performed at the optimal time. The purpose of a heart valve clinic is to improve patient outcomes by providing an accurate diagnosis and timely follow-up and treatment of heart valve disease. Particular importance is placed on

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David Messika-Zeitoun, Ian G Burwash, and Thierry Mesana

this article, we highlight the burden of VHD, identify critical challenges and unmet medical needs in VHD, and present how the implementation of a valve clinic with VHD specialists/valvular heart team can circumvent these issues and improve patient

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John B Chambers, Madalina Garbi, Norman Briffa, Vishal Sharma, and Richard P Steeds

specialist valve clinic ( 11 , 12 ). In a multidisciplinary valve clinic, a nurse will usually see patients after surgery who do not require echocardiography ( 13 ). The valve clinic setting allows immediate discussion of individual cases to agree changes to

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Erwan Donal, Elena Galli, Amedeo Anselmi, Auriane Bidaut, and Guillaume Leurent

percutaneous approaches to the treatment of aortic valve stenosis and mitral regurgitation. The concept of the heart team and the concept of heart valve clinics have been emphasized by these recent guidelines. Therefore, our daily practice is based on these

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Catrin Williams, Anca Mateescu, Emma Rees, Kirstie Truman, Claire Elliott, Bohdana Bahlay, Ailsa Wallis, and Adrian Ionescu

by Vscan screening to have formal TTE in the hospital. We followed that with an appointment in the cardiology clinic, with appropriate referral (to the valve clinic for follow-up or to a cardiac surgeon for valve intervention). Costs We

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Bashir Alaour, Christina Menexi, and Benoy N Shah

and follow-up have been published, including specialist heart valve clinics ( 1 , 2 , 3 ). Patients with prosthetic heart valves (PHVs) require lifelong specialist follow-up to monitor for short- and long-term complications including prosthesis

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Sveeta Badiani, Jet van Zalen, Saad Saheecha, Lesley Hart, Ann Topham, Nikhil Patel, Lydia Sturridge, Andrew Marshall, Neil Sulke, Stephen Furniss, and Guy Lloyd

progression in a well-defined cohort of patients with mild and moderate AR (whether as a lone lesion or in association with another valve lesion requiring surveillance) followed up systematically in a physiologist-led valve clinic. Methods This was a

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Jenna Smith, Sarah Waters, Brian Campbell, and John Chambers

an echocardiogram within a structured scientist-led clinic. Research within our own hospital has demonstrated that scientist-led heart valve clinics are safe and popular with patients as they provide a ‘one-stop’ service and can reduce waiting times