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September 1982

Severe Aortic Insufficiency: An Echocardiographic Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Cardiology, St Michael's Medical Center, Newark, NJ.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(9):1625-1628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340220039008

• Acute, severe aortic regurgitation is usually a life-threatening cardiac emergency that often requires urgent aortic valve replacement. A prompt, reliable, and painless diagnosis by echocardiography has overridden the difficulties in clinical recognition and has obviated the need for invasive studies. Herein, two representative cases are reported.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1625-1628)