Diagnosing Valve Heart Disease
According to Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, there are multiple ways of diagnosing valve disease. "The most important thing is history. Patients have history of diseases that are inflammatory when they were children, like rheumatic heart disease, so when they become adults they potentially will have valve disease," he says. The possible diagnostic tests are echocardiography, electrocardiogram (ECG), chest X-ray, cardiac MRI, exercise tests or stress test and cardiac catheterization.