Heart Valve Disease Tests & Screenings
To further evaluate physical findings, our physicians may use any number of the following diagnostic procedures:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): This test detects heart muscle damage by recording the electrical activity of the heart and shows abnormal rhythms.
- Echocardiogram (Echo): This test creates an image of the heart’s chambers and valves by using sound waves. This test is noninvasive and is completed by passing an ultrasound transducer over the heart.
- Chest x-ray catheterization: A catheter (a tiny hollow tube) is inserted into an artery to the heart and is used to image the heart and blood vessels. Cardiac catheterization is extremely helpful at determining the type and extent of valve blockage.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A computer makes use of large magnets and radio frequencies to produce detailed images of organs and structures in the body.
To find out if you are a candidate for valve repair, call the Valve Clinic at 855.3.MURMUR and ask to speak to our patient navigator.