Monitoring Aortic Valve Regurgitation
The three factors that will be monitored to determine whether your aortic valve regurgitation is worsening are:
A declining ejection fraction, an increasing diameter of your left ventricle, and the appearance of symptoms indicate decreasing heart function and worsening regurgitation.
To monitor these factors, your doctor will perform periodic echocardiograms. How often you have echocardiograms will depend on the severity of your regurgitation, or whether you develop symptoms. Mild regurgitation requires an echocardiogram every 2 to 3 years, a moderate condition requires an echo every year, and with severe regurgitation you may have to have an echo every 4 to 6 months.
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