Heredity of bicuspid aortic valve: is family screening indicated?

McBride, Kim L.; Garg, Vidu
August 2011
Heart;Aug2011, Vol. 97 Issue 15, p1193
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), which is the most common congenital cardiac malformation and common cause of adult valve disease. He says that BAV is associated with aortic and pulmonary root dilatation while 50% of people with BAV were found to have thoracic aorta aneurysm (TAA). He suggests that screening of the family members of a BAV positive patient can be performed with a non-invasive test for early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and counseling for its risks.


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