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516 Lakeview Road, Villa 5
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Diagnosing Heart Valve ProblemsDiagn³stico de problemas en las v¡lvulas del coraz³n

Diagnosing Heart Valve Problems

Your doctor will ask you questions about your family and medical history. Certain tests may be done. These help diagnose your valve problem and rule out any other disease you may have.

Doctor and patient

Listening to Your Heart

A problem with a heart valve will usually cause the heart to make a noise. Your doctor can hear this noise, called a murmur. But you can have a heart murmur and not have valve disease or any other heart problem. Other tests can help confirm the diagnosis of valve disease.

Technician and patient

Looking at Your Heart

An echocardiogram (echo) is a simple, painless test that bounces harmless sound waves off the heart. These sound waves become images on a video screen. Your doctor can then see a moving picture of your heart. This test shows how the valves work. It can confirm whether a valve is narrowed or leaking. It can also show the size of the chambers and whether your heart muscle pumps normally. A special type of echo, called a transesophageal echo (TEE), may be done as well. This test can provide even more detailed information about your heart valves. Echo testing can help your doctor monitor changes in your heart over time.

Other Tests

Your doctor may order a chest x-ray for another look at your heart and lungs. You may have an electrocardiogram, a test that shows the rhythm of the heartbeat. You may havecardiac catheterization, a test to look inside the heart. Thistest helps measure the pressure in the chambers, checks for leaky valves, and looks for problems in the heart's arteries.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-09-15T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-06-07T00:00:00-06:00

 

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I was diagnosed with persistent AFIB several months ago. I found Dr. Norris by a referral from another physician. Dr. Norris scheduled me for a cardiac ablation without delay. He thoroughly explained the procedure, risks and benefits prior to the procedure. Dr. Norris and his staff exhibited exceptional professionalism and interest in resolving my AFIB. One month post-op I am rhythm and feel great. Thank you Dr. Norris and staff. I truly feel like I have my life back again.
-Ken Afienko

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516 Lakeview Road, Villa 5
Clearwater, FL 33756
(Two blocks south of Morton Plant Hospital )

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