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    Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Exams and Tests

    Imaging tests

    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.

    A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be done to see how well the heart is pumping blood and to check how severe the MR is.

    Cardiac catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization may be done to confirm the severity of mitral valve leakage seen on an echocardiogram.

    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.

    Recommended frequency for checking mitral valve regurgitation 1

    Severity of mitral 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

    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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