About the book
Heart Valve Disease and Surgery are common disorders and therapies worldwide. The etiology of congenital heart valve disease is driven primarily by genetics. In contrast, degenerative heart valve disease remains elusive; surgical management has transitioned from open incisions to percutaneous transcatheter advances over the last decade. With an aging global population and multiple morbidities, heart valve disease is here to stay, and surgery advances are ever more critical. Open surgical techniques have a definite role and will always be the default therapy when all else fails.
This book addresses these areas and provides future directions for clinicians and researchers involved in the direct management of heart valve disease. The content is split into six sections directed to the practicing clinician and area of valve interest. Each of these sections will provide a concise overview of pathophysiology, current management, and future anticipations. We end the book with the future of heart valve surgery as well. We hope this book, both hardcover and online, will share a current understanding of heart valve disease and surgery and develop effective and long-lasting methods for treating these severe valve problems.