January 2009

Echocardiographic Assessment of Valve Stenosis: EAE/ASE Recommendations for Clinical Practice

Echocardiographic Assessment of Valve Stenosis: EAE/ASE Recommendations for Clinical Practice

Valve stenosis is a common heart disorder and an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Echocardiography has become the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of valve disease, and is the primary non-invasive imaging method for valve stenosis assessment. Clinical decision-making is based on echocardiographic assessment of the severity of valve stenosis, so it is essential that standards be adopted to maintain accuracy and consistency across echocardiographic laboratories when assessing and reporting valve stenosis. The aim of this paper was to detail the recommended approach to the echocardiographic evaluation of valve stenosis, including recommendations for specific measures of stenosis severity, details of data acquisition and measurement, and grading of severity. These recommendations are based on the scientific literature and on the consensus of a panel of experts. Since publication of the 2009 ASE Valve Stenosis Guideline, ASE endorsed the 2020 AHA/ACC Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines and released a 2017 Focused Update on Aortic Valve Stenosis. Descriptions of the stages of mitral stenosis and applicable valve areas in the 2020 AHA/ACC document are recognized by ASE, and should be used instead of the descriptions and values for mitral stenosis in ASE’s 2009 guideline. The 2017 ASE focused update should be used for information on Aortic Valve Stenosis,

AuthorsChair(s)

  • Baumgartner, Helmut

AuthorsAuthors

  • Baumgartner, Helmut
  • Bermejo, Javier
  • Chambers, John B.
  • Evangelista, Arturo
  • Griffin, Brian P.
  • Hung, Judy W.
  • Lung, Bernard
  • Otto, Catherine M.
  • Pellikka, Patricia A.
  • Quiñones, Miguel A.

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