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How is mitral valve regurgitation diagnosed?

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This condition happens when a faulty valve in your heart lets some of your blood flow the wrong way.

You doctor may use these tests to diagnose mitral valve regurgitation:

  • Exercise stress test, in which you are monitored while on a treadmill
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan, which uses many X-ray images to create a picture of your heart
  • Echocardiogram, which uses sound waves to make an image of the beating heart
  • Cardiac catheterization, in which a thin, flexible tube is guided from a blood vessel to your heart so the doctor can do tests

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “When Leaky Valves Are at the Heart of the Problem.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “About the Heart.”

Mayo Clinic. “Mitral Valve Regurgitation (Symptoms, Causes).”

American Heart Association: “Heart Valve Problems and Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How Is Heart Valve Disease Treated?”

American College of Cardiology: “Mitral Valve Regurgitation.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “When Leaky Valves Are at the Heart of the Problem.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “About the Heart.”

Mayo Clinic. “Mitral Valve Regurgitation (Symptoms, Causes).”

American Heart Association: “Heart Valve Problems and Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How Is Heart Valve Disease Treated?”

American College of Cardiology: “Mitral Valve Regurgitation.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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