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Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answeredTo diagnose mitral regurgitation, your doctor will use a stethoscope and listen to your heart to check for a specific sound that's made when the blood leaks backwards into the left atrium during the contraction of the left ventricle. Many people have no idea that they have mitral regurgitation until they have a checkup and their doctor finds this condition when listening to the heart. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may order an electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-rays. In addition, an echocardiogram may be used to check your heart and valve function and evaluate the amount of blood regurgitation. A Holter monitor, which you wear for 24 to 48 hours, may be ordered. Your doctor may also have you do a stress test to diagnose mitral regurgitation.