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Establishing an aortic stenosis surveillance clinic

November 2010 Br J Cardiol 2010;17:286–9

Establishing an aortic stenosis surveillance clinic

David Turpie, Matthew Maycock, Chiala Crawford, Kathleen Aitken, Marwen Macdonald, Colin Farman, Maimie L P Thompson, Jamie Smith, Stephen J Cross, Stephen J Leslie

Abstract

Criteria for an AS surveillance clinic were developed. Patients who were deemed suitable were identified from existing echocardiographic databases, discharge coding and review of the clinical notes. Patients with AS were identified (n=612). After a review of echocardiographic parameters, 117 patients were considered suitable for technician-led review. Of these, 47 patients (40%) were subsequently discharged from the cardiology clinic. A small proportion of patients are reviewed in the general cardiology clinic for no other reason than asymptomatic mild AS (5% of follow-up appointments). Establishment of a national AS surveillance programme c

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