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Echocardiograms for Valve Disease (ACC)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging, Tests
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American College of Cardiology
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 03/01/2013
Valve disease is caused by a heart valve that does not work properly. A test called an echocardiogram can show how serious the problem is and if it is getting worse. But if your valve disease is mild, and it is not causing any symptoms, you probably don’t need to have the test every year.