Evaluation of the St. Jude Medical Valve Prosthesis in the Mitral Position
Due to advances in cardiac surgery, the number of patients with artificial cardiac valves has increased and both quality and expectancy of life have been considerably improved. The main goal of postoperative control of these patients is to recognize dysfunction as early as possible and to differentiate it from cardiac failure. Of the noninvasive methods, echocardiography plays a major role in the function control of the cardiac valve prosthesis. Due to various constructional properties, evaluation of valve function by echocardiography is sometimes very difficult.
KeywordsValve Prosthesis Anterior Leaflet Posterior Leaflet Valve Function Premature Closure
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