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Echocardiography After Valve Surgery (STS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 12/19/2016
If you have surgery to replace a damaged heart valve, you might be given an imaging test called an echocardiogram. This test can show if the new valve is working well. Sometimes the test is done very soon after surgery, while you are still in the hospital. Usually that's not useful. Here's why.