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Internal Medicine
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Echocardiography should assess not only the valvular lesion but also the compensatory
changes of the heart in response to the lesion.
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Timing of surgical intervention often correlates with outcome.
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Most patients with acquired valvular heart disease are at risk for developing endocarditis
and should receive prophylactic antibiotics.
References:
1. Kasper L., Braunwald E., Harrison’s principles of Internal medicine, 16th Edition, Valvular
Heart Diseases, pages 1390-1402.
2. Myers R. Allen, National Medical Series for independent Study (NMS) 3rd edition Medicine,
Valvular Heart Diseases, 29-37.
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