Echocardiogram for mitral valve problems

For mitral valve stenosis, an echocardiogram is done when you are first diagnosed. You will likely have regular echocardiograms so your doctor can monitor any changes in your condition. How often you get an echocardiogram depends on depends on how severe your mitral valve stenosis is. Your doctor may recommend an echocardiogram every year if you have severe stenosis, every 1 to 2 years if you have moderate stenosis, or every 3 to 5 years if you have mild stenosis.1

For combined mitral valve stenosis and regurgitation, an echocardiogram is done when you are first diagnosed. If your regurgitation is severe, you will likely have an echocardiogram every 6 to 12 months.1

You and your doctor may decide to do your echocardiograms more often or less often. For instance, if your mitral valve problem has progressed relatively rapidly and there are changes in your echocardiogram results with each test, you may need to continue having echocardiograms once or twice a year. On the other hand, if your condition is relatively stable and shows little change from echocardiogram to echocardiogram, you and your doctor may opt for having tests a little less frequently.

Citations

  1. Bonow RO, et al. (2006) ACC/AHA 2006 guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease. A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Writing Committee to Revise the 1998 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease). Circulation, 114(5): e84–e231.

Last Updated: February 10, 2010

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