heart failure. They include shortness of breath and swelling
in the feet and ankles.
physical exam, the doctor will:
Listen for a certain heart murmur and other sounds that indicate a heart valve is not working right.
Take your blood
Check your pulse.
Look for swelling that can be a sign of too much fluid in your body.
echocardiogram is used to find out if you have mitral
valve stenosis and to see how bad it is. Your doctor can check your heart valve and take pictures of your heart.
In transesophageal echocardiography, a device is inserted down your throat and into
your esophagus to make pictures of your heart. This may be done if your doctor wants to see a different view of your heart.
You will likely have regular echocardiograms so your
doctor can keep track of any changes in your condition. Your doctor may recommend an echocardiogram every 6 to 12 months if you have severe
stenosis or every 3 to 5 years if you have mild to moderate stenosis.1
A stress echocardiogram may be done to see how your heart responds to exercise.