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How to run a specialist valve clinic: a collaborative series from the British Heart Valve Society and the British Society of Echocardiography

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As heart valve disease increases in prevalence in an ageing population, comorbidities make patients increasingly hard to assess. Specialist competencies are therefore increasingly important to deliver best practice in a specialist valve clinic and to make best advantage of advances in percutaneous and surgical interventions. However, patient care is not improved unless all disciplines have specialist valve competencies, and there is little guidance about the practical details of running a specialist valve clinic. In this issue of Echo Research and Practice, the British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) and the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) introduce a series of articles to guide all disciplines in how to run a valve clinic.

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This paper is part of a series on specialist valve clinics. The Guest Editors for this series were Richard P Steeds and John B Chambers

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Chambers, J.B., Steeds, R.P. How to run a specialist valve clinic: a collaborative series from the British Heart Valve Society and the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 6, E1–E2 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1530/ERP-19-0035

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  • valve disease
  • valve clinic