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Forum Name: Valvular Heart Diseases

Question: Heart Valve/ Echocardiogram


 Horace - Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:50 pm

I am a 48 yr old male, Have a brother & mother who both had their aortic valve replaced. I had a echocardiogram done just to make sure I didn't have a valve problem also, back in 2000. I have always had a slight heart murmur but when the echo was done nothing showed up & everything was ok. Just went in for a physical & now the doctor sugests that I have another echocardigram done. My ? is if I already have had an echo done & that came back ok do I need to have this done again?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:59 pm

User avatar Hi Horace,

I would recommend you discuss with your doctor why he is wanting another echocardiogram. If something has changed (the murmur now sounds different, etc.) then doing the echo again may be indicated to see if there are new findings.

If nothing has changed there is unlikely to be any changes on the echo. Depending on what the cause of your families' aortic valve problems was, regular screening with periodic echo's may actually be indicated.

Best wishes.

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