For mitral valve stenosis, an echocardiogram is done when you are first
diagnosed. You will likely have regular echocardiograms so your doctor can
monitor any changes in your condition. How often you get an echocardiogram
depends on depends on how severe your mitral valve stenosis is. Your doctor may
recommend an echocardiogram every year if you have severe stenosis, every 1 to
2 years if you have moderate stenosis, or every 3 to 5 years if you have mild
For combined mitral valve stenosis and regurgitation, an echocardiogram is done when
you are first diagnosed. If your regurgitation is severe, you will likely have
an echocardiogram every 6 to 12 months.1
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You and your doctor may decide to do your echocardiograms more often or
less often. For instance, if your mitral valve problem has progressed
relatively rapidly and there are changes in your echocardiogram results with
each test, you may need to continue having echocardiograms once or twice a
year. On the other hand, if your condition is relatively stable and shows
little change from echocardiogram to echocardiogram, you and your doctor may
opt for having tests a little less frequently.
Bonow RO, et al. (2006) ACC/AHA 2006 guidelines for
the management of patients with valvular heart disease. A report of the
American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on
Practice Guidelines (Writing Committee to Revise the 1998 Guidelines for the
Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease). Circulation, 114(5): e84-e231.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
February 10, 2010
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