Monitoring chronic mitral valve regurgitation

How often you see your doctor and what tests are done will be determined by how severe your chronic mitral valve regurgitation is.

Monitoring chronic mitral valve regurgitation

Degree of mitral regurgitation

Suggestions for monitoring and tracking

Mild
  • See a doctor annually for a checkup.
  • Let your doctor know if you develop symptoms in between visits.
Moderate
  • See a doctor annually.
  • Let your doctor know if you develop symptoms in between visits.
Severe
  • Have a physical exam and echocardiogram every 6–12 months.

Other tests that may be useful in assessing the condition’s progression are a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG), and exercise stress test.

Last Updated: February 12, 2010

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