Echocardiogram to monitor aortic valve stenosis

Doctors most commonly use an echocardiogram (echo) to diagnose aortic valve stenosis and to monitor your condition.

When should I get an echocardiogram?

Given the diagnostic power of the test, you should have an echocardiogram to diagnose or rule out stenosis if you have:

  • No symptoms, but your doctor hears a heart murmur that is strongly suggestive of aortic valve stenosis.
  • Symptoms that may point to stenosis.
  • Other conditions, such as heart failure or atrial fibrillation, which are potential complications of aortic valve stenosis.
Recommended frequency for monitoring aortic valve stenosis

Severity of aortic stenosis

Frequency of echo

Mild Every 3 to 5 years
Moderate Every 1 to 2 years
Severe Every 6 to 12 months

Last Updated: November 4, 2009

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