About the book
The focus of this book will be on the current status of our understanding of the diagnosis and management of aortic valve disease. The book with start with the basics of the structure and function of the aortic valve - with emphasis on the embryology and the implications of developmental issues on the natural history of structural degeneration. The book will then focus on some of the current therapies, modern trials, and innovations in both the surgical and catheter-based management options. Chapters will focus on the specific details of surgical therapies of valve replacement (and repair) for different type of valvular pathology - including discussions of current guidelines, choice of valve prosthesis, management options, and details of risk in the context of short and long-term outcomes. Similar parallel chapters will focus on transcatheter valve therapies. Emphasis will be given on the current state of the art with regards to specific therapies, indications, contraindications, controversies, and future directions. Given some of the concerns of costs and access the different therapies, an International perspective will be considered with regards to the advantages and disadvantages of each type of therapy.