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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 regurgitation1

Severity of mitral regurgitation

How often you should have an echocardiogram


Every 3 to 5 years


Every 1 to 2 years


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.

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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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