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Diagnosis of valve disease

How is valve disease diagnosed?

Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and medical history; then perform an exam and diagnostic tests.  Those results will help the doctor make a diagnosis.

The physical exam may show that you have fluid in your lungs, an enlarged heart, or a heart murmur.  A heart murmur is the sound made by blood moving through a narrowed or a leaky valve.

Diagnostic tests help determine the location, type and extent of your valve disease. They help your doctor see how severe the leak or stenosis is and how it is affecting your heart's function and ability to pump blood. These tests may include:

Specialized echos include:

You will receive detailed information about the testing you need, including how to prepare and what to expect.  If you have questions at any time about testing, please ask your doctor or other members of your healthcare team.

By repeating these tests over time, your doctor can see the progress of your valve disease and help you make decisions about your treatment.

Reviewed: 07/15

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