New Guidelines Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-Based Valve Interventions

Valvular regurgitation is a prevalent cardiac disorder, in which one or more of the heart’s valves “leak,” often leading to extra burdens on the heart muscle and requiring treatment. Catheter-based interventions to treat Valvular Heart Disease (VHD) have increased over the past few years with the advent of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), edge-to-edge mitral valve repair, and other investigative devices to repair or replace diseased valves. Guidelines to assess the results of these interventions are lacking , but a new document, Guidelines for the Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Percutaneous Valve Repair or Replacement: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography Developed in Collaboration with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Japanese Society of Echocardiography, and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, provides a resource to guide clinicians in best practices for approaching valvular regurgitation after repair or replacement of a valve. This document supplements the previously published guideline Recommendations for Evaluation of Prosthetic Valves with Echocardiography and Doppler Ultrasound. Read more here.