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How is a leaky heart valve diagnosed?

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A doctor usually diagnoses a leaky heart valve by:

A person’s description of symptoms along with the physical exam and echocardiogram can determine how serious a leaky heart valve is.

  • Listening to the heart with a stethoscope for abnormal sounds such as a heart murmur
  • Looking at the results of a heart ultrasound, also called an echocardiogram

From: Leaky Heart Valve WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Borgeson, D. 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, New England Journal of Medicine,

Otto, C. 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746. New England Journal of Medicine,

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661. Circulation

Guenther, T. 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery,

Lee, J. 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380. Circulation Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

SOURCES:

Borgeson, D. 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, New England Journal of Medicine,

Otto, C. 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746. New England Journal of Medicine,

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661. Circulation

Guenther, T. 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery,

Lee, J. 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380. Circulation Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

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