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Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Exams and Tests

Tests for aortic valve regurgitation can assess how severe the regurgitation is and whether you have any complications, such as abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias) or heart failure.

Aortic valve regurgitation can typically be diagnosed by physical exam. Your doctor will check your blood pressure, pulse, and listen for abnormal sounds in your heart and lungs.

Other tests may include:

  • Echocardiogram (echo). Echocardiography (echo) can be used to look at the heart valves and the shape of the leaflets and to see whether the valves are leaking.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG). This test checks for a problem with the rhythm of your heartbeat (arrhythmia).
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This test may be used to check the aortic valve and how well the heart is pumping blood.
  • Chest X-ray. This test can show if the lower left ventricle is enlarged.
  • Exercise electrocardiogram. This test may be done to see how the heart responds to exercise.
  • Cardiac catheterization. This test can help your doctor find out how much the aortic valve is leaking and check the health of your coronary arteries.
  • Cardiac pool scan. This test measures how well the left ventricle is pumping and how much blood is pumped out of the chamber with each heartbeat.
Recommended frequency for checking aortic valve regurgitation1
Severity of aortic valve regurgitation How often you should have an echocardiogram

Mild

Every 3 to 5 years

Moderate

Every 1 to 2 years

Severe

At least every 6 to 12 months

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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