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EuroIntervention 2020;16:797-801. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I10A149

1. Department of Cardiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Valvular heart disease (VHD) is now regarded as a major public health problem with high mortality across the world. The prevalence of VHD has been shown to be 13.2% at age >75 with a predominance of degenerative lesions in a U.S. population-based study1. In contrast, rheumatic heart disease remains the leading cause of VHD in developing countries (e.g., South Africa, Turkey, India, etc.)2,3,4. With population ageing and economic as well as healthcare development, the burden of degenerative VHD in the elderly is likely to keep growing in developing countries.

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