JOURNAL ARTICLE
REVIEW
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Bicuspid aortic valve: clinical approach and scientific review of a common clinical entity.

Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is becoming increasingly respected by clinicians. This enhanced appreciation is based on recognition of how common and virulent this disease really is. This disease is now known to be the most common congenital lesion affecting the human heart (with potential competition in frequency posed by mitral valve prolapse). It is estimated that the BAV lesion alone accounts for more morbidity and mortality than all the other congenital cardiac lesions combined. Many authorities feel that this disease is so virulent that every individual with a BAV will, given enough time, develop aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency or aortic aneurysm/dissection related to the bicuspid valve disease. This review looks in detail at clinical issues related to BAV disease, including genetics, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management and surgical decision making. The picture emerging from basic and clinical studies is of a defect in collagen metabolism affecting not only the aortic valve, but also the wall of the aorta itself. Timely intervention for bicuspid-related aortic valve disease or aneurysm can preserve both duration of life and quality of life in affected individuals.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app