6 doctors weighed in:

How would a defective heart valve be detected? Ecg?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Milunski
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exam/echocardiogram

First of all, a complete history and physical examination is essential.
If a "defective heart valve" is suggested by history or evident on physical examination, an echocardiogram (ultrasound) should be obtained.

In brief: Exam/echocardiogram

First of all, a complete history and physical examination is essential.
If a "defective heart valve" is suggested by history or evident on physical examination, an echocardiogram (ultrasound) should be obtained.
Dr. Mark Milunski
Dr. Mark Milunski
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Edward Hoffer
ECG adds little of value to the echo
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Listening

A heart valve that either leaks or is too narrow is usually suspected by a doctor listening to the heart with a stethoscope and hearing a murmur. Further investigation, which is not always needed, is best done with an echocardiogram, a safe and painless test using sound waves.
An ECG is not typically helpful for valve problems.

In brief: Listening

A heart valve that either leaks or is too narrow is usually suspected by a doctor listening to the heart with a stethoscope and hearing a murmur. Further investigation, which is not always needed, is best done with an echocardiogram, a safe and painless test using sound waves.
An ECG is not typically helpful for valve problems.
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors