How is Valve Disease Diagnosed?

Valve disease is diagnosed in the following ways:

  • Chest x-ray to check for heart enlargement.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess the electrical activity of the heart and to diagnose abnormalities, such as a previous heart attack.
  • Echocardiogram (echo) to check valve function and heart size by ultrasound.
  • Nuclear ventriculogram to evaluate the pumping function of the heart (Ejection Fraction).
  • Cardiac catheterization to diagnose coronary artery disease and evaluate previous heart attacks.

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