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Contributors MAC drafted the first version of the editorial and figures. BI and PP made critical revisions to the text and figures.
Funding PP holds the Canada Research Chair (Level I) in Valvular Heart Diseases and his research programme is supported by a grant (#FDN-143225) from the Canadian Institutes of Healthresearch (Ottawa, Canada).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Correction notice This paper has been amended since it was published Online First. Owing to a scripting error, some of the publisher names in the references were replaced with ‘BMJ Publishing Group’. This only affected the full text version, not the PDF. We have since corrected these errors and the correct publishers have been inserted into the references.