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Calcium score of aortic valve is now included as part of evaluation of stenosis severity in the new European guidelines (1).

New practice guidelines released this month (March 2014) includes restructured definitions of disease severity, and provides a more complex evaluation of interventional risk and indications for newer catheter-based therapies.

This study published in JACC provides new insights in the evaluation of patients with degenerative AV stenosis with CT calcification and Doppler echo.

Barone-Rochette et al attempt to challenge the view that low flow/ low gradient aortic valve stenosis is a more advanced stage.

Patients with valvular heart disease often have left ventricular diastolic dysfunction.