Diagnosing aortic stenosis and heart valve disease may include the following tests in addition to a physical exam:
A cardiologist will use a stethoscope to listen to the sounds of the patient’s heart.
This test uses ultrasound waves to obtain images of the heart chambers and valves.
Cardiac catheterization (angiography)
Under X-ray guidance, small hollow tubes (catheters) are advanced to the aortic valve and into the left ventricle. The rate of blood flow across the aortic valve and pressures can be measured.
A chest X-ray displays images of the organs and structures inside the chest, such as heart, lungs, and blood vessels and can reveal signs of aortic stenosis, and other causes of symptoms not related to coronary heart disease.
Electrocardiography (also EKG)
An EKG is a recording of the heart's electrical activity using electrodes attached to the skin. An EKG can show the heart’s rhythm, the heart’s rate, and the strength and timing of the electrical currents.
To learn more about CHI Memorial’s Heart Valve Program, talk with your physician or call the valve clinic coordinator at (423) 495-4327.