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Changes of the mitral echocardiogram with ageing and the influence of atherosclerotic risk factors

  • U. Derman
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    Address for reprints: Doçent Dr. Ugur Derman, Tedavi Kliniǧi, Haseki Hastahanesi, Aksaray, Istanbul, Turkey.
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    The Second Internal Medicine Clinic, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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      Abstract

      With ageing slowing of mitral valve closure during early diastole, and low amplitude in the echocardiograms were observed, which simulate findings of mitral stenosis. These changes appear at an earlier age among patients carrying atherosclerotic risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, or hypercholesterolaemia. Prominent “A” waves of the atrial systole were suggested as criteria for differentiating the echograms of these subjects, from those with mitral stenosis.

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