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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
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
November 29, 2011
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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