A crucial step in the diagnostic process is determining how serious your case of mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is, because treatment depends largely on severity. At a minimum, your doctor will use an echocardiogram to gauge the condition of your mitral valve. And depending on your situation, your doctor may need more information and extra diagnostic tests.
To find out the severity of your MR, your doctor will look for:
Also important is:
It is important to remember that the ejection fraction (EF) and end systolic dimension (ESD) are not the final judges in determining the severity of your condition. Your doctor will use these measurements, as well as the others noted above and your symptoms, to determine the severity of your MR.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology|
|Last Revised||November 29, 2011|
Last Revised: November 29, 2011
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