A 40-year-old member asked:
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can you describe nonspecific valvular heart disease?

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Dr. Bart Denys
39 years experience Cardiology
Non specific: This sounds more like an insurance code than a real diagnosis. As cardiologists, we diagnose valves as narrow, leaking, calcified, abnormal in appearance etc... When an insurance billing code is used for "valvular disease" without specifying what type of abnormality, it is qualified as "non specific"... Welcome to the world of coding :-).
Answered on Nov 23, 2011
Dr. Daniel Zanger
33 years experience Cardiology
Valves: With the widespread use if echocardiograms cardiologists often find trivial abnormalities of the valves that are not clinically relevant.
Answered on Nov 18, 2012

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