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I have had a metal valve in my heart years. I have found

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I have had a metal valve in my heart for 12 years. I have found if I run just a little I'm way out of breath. should the doctor order an Mri or cat scan first before going in to explore the problem?
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
I would usually first consider obtaining an echocardiogram and the first diagnostic study to be done to assess heart function in this situation. This is usually better than a CT scan or MRI, and an MRI would not be appropriate with any metal implant that contains a ring structure, such as the base of a valve.
If no diagnostic studies have yet been done, it is reasonable to request an explanation why this is not being done.
If I can provide any further information, please let me know.