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Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Exams and Tests

Chest X-ray

A chest X-ray may be done to evaluate heart size and to assess symptoms of MR, such as shortness of breath. Calcium deposits on the heart valves may sometimes be seen on a chest X-ray.

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization, a test that evaluates your heart and heart (coronary) arteries, may be done to:

  • Confirm the severity of mitral valve leakage seen on an echocardiogram.
  • Check for coronary artery disease before valve repair or replacement surgery. If severe blockage is seen in the coronary arteries, the blockage may be corrected during the same open-heart surgery to correct the damaged valve.

Regular checkups

How often you see your doctor and what tests are done will be determined by how severe your chronic mitral valve regurgitation is.

Monitoring chronic mitral valve regurgitation

Severity of mitral regurgitation

Suggestions for monitoring and tracking

Mild
  • See a doctor annually for a checkup.
  • Let your doctor know if you have symptoms in between visits.
Moderate
  • See a doctor annually.
  • Let your doctor know if you have symptoms in between visits.
Severe
  • Have a physical exam and echocardiogram every 6–12 months.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 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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