U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Milledgeville, GA
A 54-year-old female asked:

I was told that my heart looked great at the cardiologist after my echo. i was referred for a cath prcedure. cath showed significant aortic stenosis and a stiff left ventricle. can an echo miss these problems?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jerome Zacks
Cardiology 52 years experience
The function of the heart, on the Echo, can remain normal despite significant narrowing of the aortic valve. However, that narrowing (stenosis) should be visible on the Echo. It might have been the reason you were advised to undergo a Cardiac Catheterization.
Dr. Ramalingaier Parameswaran
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Referral for catheterization as indicated by the result was appropriate. It appears that the echocardiogram was technically inadequate, or performed by a technician without adequate experience. You should discuss this with your physician to provide clarification.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jul 29, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.