Heart Valve Disease in Women

  • Eva GerdtsEmail author


Sex-differences are present in the various types of aortic valve disease and aortic root abnormalities. The typical aortic stenosis (AS) patient with a small aortic root is an elderly woman with atherosclerosis and reduced systemic arterial compliance. Sex-differences in outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are still debated. Primary mitral regurgitation (MR) is more common among women, while secondary MR is more common among men. Women with severe MR are diagnosed and operated at a later stage than men. This chapter gives an update on current diagnosis and management of women with AS or MR, the most common types of valvular heart disease.


Aortic root diameter Aortic stenosis (AS) Aortic valve disease Echocardiography LV adaptation Mitral regurgitation (MR) Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) Transvalvular flow Valvular heart disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical ScienceUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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