The Role of Two-Dimensional Echocardiography in the Non-Invasive Evaluation of Prosthetic Heart Valve Function

  • Gary S. Mintz
  • Morris N. Kotler
  • Bernard L. Segal


Evaluation of the patient with a prosthetic heart valve begins with a careful history and physical examination [1]. Depending on the type of prosthesis and its location, non-invasive testing (echophonocardiography, cinefluoroscopy, or two-dimensional echocardiography) can be invaluable in detecting prosthesis malfunction or in differentiating prosthesis malfunction from left ventricular dysfunction. However, in some patients a definitive diagnosis is possible only after invasive study.


Mitral Valve Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Prosthetic Heart Valve Valve Prosthesis Bioprosthetic Valve 
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  • Gary S. Mintz
  • Morris N. Kotler
  • Bernard L. Segal

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