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AATS/ACC/ASE/SCAI/STS Expert Consensus Systems of Care Document: A Proposal to Optimize Care for Patients With Valvular Heart Disease

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A Joint Report of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons

With the rapid evolution and dissemination of transcatheter technologies, as well as advances in surgical repair and valve replacement techniques, there is an imperative for the cardiovascular community to establish the provider, institutional, and systems‐based standards for delivery of high‐quality valvular heart disease (VHD) care. This statement aims to provide evidence‐based recommendations for systems of care related to VHD in the spirit of ensuring access to quality outcomes.


All authors: Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC (Co-Chair); Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC (Co-Chair); Joseph E. Bavaria, MD; Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC; John D. Carroll MD, MSCAI; Clifford J. Kavinsky MD, PhD, MSCAI; Brian R. Lindman, MD, MSc; Jane A. Linderbaum, RN, MS, APRN, CNP, AACC; Stephen H. Little, MD; Michael J. Mack, MD; Laura Mauri, MD, MSc; William R. Miranda, MD; David M. Shahian, MD; and Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD.